The Five Ring Circus: Maple Leaf Meltdown

Various angles on national pride during the last day of the XXI Winter Olympics.

Balcony patriotism.

Balcony patriotism.

Groomed runs.

Blue sky runs.

The outspoken fifth floor.

The outspoken fifth floor.

A message in red.

A message in red.

A half leaf in the half light.

Maple leaf wrapper.

Siren

Siren / call to arms.

The lonely states.

The lonely states.

The leaf breaks a smile.

The leaf breaks a smile.

Momentum.

Momentum.

Noise above the crowd.

Noise above the crowd.

Flag-swaddled.

Flag-swaddled.

Crowd surfer.

View from the top.

Canted chaos.

Canted chaos.

Messiah.

Messiah.

Raise the flag.

Raise the flag.

Sound the bugle.

Sound the bugle.

Impromptu street hockey games sprung up across downtown Vancouver through the Olympics.

Impromptu street hockey games sprung up across downtown Vancouver through the Olympics.

Late night crowds at the epicentre of Robson and Granville streets.

Late night crowds at the epicentre of Robson and Granville streets.

Author

Austin Andrews is a Vancouver-based photojournalist and occasional filmmaker with a penchant for finding the fantastic in the everyday. Contact him at austin [at] disposablewords [dot] net

2 comments

  • The outspoken fifth floor shot reminds me of the statement I am making from the upper floor of my home here on Platinum Street, Butte, Montana. No eggs yet!

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  • epic shots! i can almost hear the madness again. it’s so strange now to watch people tear down all the remnants of the Olympics piece by piece. Slowly, the flags are removed from balconies, the pavilions are stripped and dismantled, and the rampant Canadian patriotism sinks back into cracks. i truly miss it.

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