Melbourne Cup day – a horse race that stops the nation. That how it is often referred to. naturally in Sydney Melbourne Cup is also celebrated. No, we do not have a public holiday but you see a lot of girls in their pretty summery dresses with fancy hats around town glowing with glamour.

It would surprise no one that I planned to capture some of this euphoria over a horse race. I set up on a little walk to the Domain, where every year there is a big party organised. I hoped to capture few smiles and the quirky hats. The Melbourne Cup is one big fashion show. It add millions of dollars to the economy. This year alone the punters put over 100 million dollars betting on their favourite horse.

So, I enter the Domain and the very first sight that greets me is asleep homeless man with one shoe. Suddenly I did not feel like photographing the glamorous people any more. I took this one photograph and went back to the office.

Golden Slipper Barrier Draw


A very sizable crowd has gathered in the Martin Place accompanied by a large media contingent. I must say I expected one of these unannounced concerts by a major international music star.
My excitement vanished very quickly when I realised this was Golden Slipper Barrier Draw. Yes, there were more people there for a horse race draw then for many really meaningful events or mini concerts.