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 …