Life can be pretty quiet in the international spotlight for ordinary Brisbanites as their city hosts this year's G-20 summit of the world's biggest economies. "Ghost town" is a phrase some used as they watched locals leave town. Many shop owners saw business evaporate, while others closer to the action have gotten a better and more lucrative taste of global diplomacy.

Here are portraits of several Brisbane residents, and their thoughts on the summit, by Associated Press photographers Mark Baker, Tertius Pickard and Rob Griffith.