I am a Widow’s Son, outlawed and my orders must be obeyed.”
Inspired by the iconic Jerilderie Letter, phot
ographer Liam Lynch reunites Australia’s infamous Kelly Gang in his latest series of images.
Just as the Jerilderie Letter brings Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly’s distinctive voice to life, with ‘The Kelly Gang’ Lynch challenges us to look beyond the armoured exterior of his doomed men, and into the articulate and sardonic sense of humour that was Ned.
But are Kelly’s words a bushranger’s confessional or a defiant narrative of a hidden truth?
Lynch’s contrasts the symbolism of defiance and courage of Kelly’s armour with his passionate articulates his pleas of innocence and desire for justice.
Australian Film Industry award-winning costume designer Anna Borghazi’s plate-metal body armour provides the archetypal frame for Lynch to drape Kelly’s striking metaphors and images drawn from his 8000 word Jerilderie Letter manifesto.
Lynch’s juxtaposition of Kelly’s narrative against his
distinctive iconic moulded armour, illuminates Kelly and his men as defiant symbols of a time of when rich pitted against poor, of violence and passion, criminal and hero, defiance and courage.
Lynch’s bold images reignite the bushranger mystique of the Kelly Gang in the Australian psyche …
As a photographer with a conservationist and preservationist approach to my work. I have now taken my passion to the next level where I am showcasing some of my work through the art of video.
Come on the journey…… FIND EMBRACE CAPTURE CONSERVE
FIND – I have worked closely with marine biologists and ecologists as they research what lies below the ocean or enter into the depths of the jungle, where I take you into their environment and you’re able to be visually captivated and mesmerized through the imagery I have created. EMBRACE and immerse yourself into the natural environments of my preferred wild life, where I have been able to record extraordinary unusual and rare marine life, such as the sea dragon, or enter the depths of the jungles of Sumatra and study the movements and habitats of the critically endangerd orangutans as well as being aware of their diminishing population. I am able to CAPTURE such unique and breathtaking imagery evoking emotions for all those watching my video. It’s easy to understand my passion and belief my work has always been to CONSERVE not only the beauty of our natural world but to allow the viewer to understand the need to protect what we have, so that nature and wild life can still remain untouched in their normal environment.
Join me on this journey, be captivated, mesmerized and transported by this nature filled tour from the deep blue oceans of the pacific, southern oceans of Australia and through the rapidly diminishing rain forests of Sumatra.
check out the links below to learn more about the organisations helping on the ground..
“Imagine setting up a studio under the surface of the sea. To capture this body of work Liam composed each image under water with backdrops and studio lighting, carefully maneuvering behind these wonderful creatures creating a studio feel. Liam’s trademark and contribution to the natural world is to capture unique rare and endangered species.
Each of the palladium photographs he handcrafts is unique – fitting for the incredible natural beauty of the subject – just simple and elegant. Palladiotype photographs are considered the more enduring of the photographic print processes – juxtaposition to the fragile nature of the species.” Ellie Young
Beneath the surface of the temperate waters of southern Australia live truly unique species that are found nowhere else in the world.
Each image is composed using underwater backdrops that are carefully manoeuvred behind the subject and lit to create a “studio like” feel. After weeks underwater finding then communing with these unique animals in their natural habitats i’m soon elbow-deep in alchemy: paper stocks are hand-coated with emulsion, and chemicals mixed from scratch. Finished prints look genuinely antique in many ways drawing inspiration from Joseph Banks’ catalogues, or Darwin’s specimen collections. Yet these works have a modern edge… Combining the ancient palladiotype method with new technology and equipment to produce the final result.
For me crossing the line from machine-made to hand-made does necessitate a substantial commitment, and the work is certainly labour-intensive. But in the end, what unfolds before the eyes is no ordinary photograph each print is a handmade one-off… which seems fitting to do justice to the incredible natural beauty of the subject that is captured within the image. Liam