I have just published a book of photographs that celebrate an extraordinary time in the history of Richmond, an inner city suburb of Melbourne.
A time in 2017 when the community connected deeply over their support, loyalty and belief in their Australian Rules football team, The Richmond Tigers.
For 37 long years, the main AFL prize had eluded their beloved "Tiges". But the faithful fans stayed loyal and forever hopeful of snatching the grand trophy. The 2017 season was shaping up to be different to the crushing defeats of the past. The team kept winning and the premiership seemed within their grasp.
As the last Saturday in September drew closer the support from fans exploded. Richmond became decorated in a sea of yellow and black. Supporters wore their belief and hope for their team on their bodies, on their houses, in their streets and on their cars. Local pets donned the team colours and stores and businesses decorated their merchandise and shop windows. Even the Richmond Town Hall proudly displayed support for the team.
People passing each other in the streets exchanged greetings of "Go Tiges!" or snippets from the team's song such as "Yellow and Black" or "We're Strong and We're Bold!"
The mounting buzz was electric and my own excitement soared as I wandered the local streets capturing all that I saw on my camera. I even decorated the facade and front fence of my own home in yellow and black.
I collated the images into a book for myself so that I could remember forever this historic occasion. However, the response from everyone who has seen it has been so positive, that I have decided to make it available for others to enjoy.