Capturing games like a Hawk
regime, I stuck by the brown and gold.
Over the past 20 years, I have had a ringside seat at many an AFL game, photographing the action from the boundary line.
It's instilled a great respect for the athletic feats of the local teams and given me quite an insight into the one-eyed commentary of their respective fans.
During derbies, the play and the roar of the crowd is intensified.
You can feel the nervous tension in the air and are almost deafened by the roar of the 40,000 or so people in the crowd gasping over the fate of the little oval ball. It’s the same with finals. The atmosphere is electric. The action comes thick and fast. Everyone’s hyped. The camera gets quite a workout.
As a fan of the game, I enjoy shooting AFL matches, regardless of who’s playing.
In fact, recording the play as an impartial observer lets me enjoy the spectacle for what it is without a vested interest.
So what’s my tip if there is an historic derby grand final? Football will be the winner.