Anzac day in Brisbane, 2015

Anzac day is the day Australia commemorates those who have served the nation in overseas conflicts from world war 1 through to the current service in Afghanistan.

It’s also the day hundreds of photographers and photography enthusiasts converge on the city to take millions of photographs of the parade as the military marches past.

I chose not to be one of them

Instead, I turned my camera away from the spectacle of the parade on onto the people in the crowds. Some had come to support their heroes, others just came because it was the biggest event of the day and shops were closed. There were people of all ages and from all walks of life, but the universal connection was that they all thought I was weird for photographing the crowd! I figured there’d be plenty of images of the parade online within minutes of it passing by, but the people who had come to watch were just as much a part of the event as those on the road. Why should they not be recorded also?

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015
Loved the pink hair and her friend’s pink socks on the train to the city.

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015
Crowds begin to gather by Adelaide Street

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015
To some it was a fun day out, for others, it was a time of solemn reflection.

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015
One of the diggers.

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015
Some wore their own medals, while others wore the medals earned by their parents or grandparents in their memory.

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015
The crowd. They came, they saw, they Instagrammed.

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015
Some arrived too late to get a view of those passing by, so they sought any means they could to get a peak.

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015

Anzac Day, Brisbane, 2015
And for some, it was all just too much.

Feel free to Google Anzac Day to see images of the dawn service and the parade itself, and thanks for taking a look through my images of “the other side” of Anzac Day!

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