Ned Kelly Was Here

Like many Australians, I’ve long been fascinated by the legend of Australia’s most famous bushranger, Ned Kelly. From 2009 to 2011 I visited ‘Kelly country’ to explore and take photographs. My primary aim was to try and capture a sense of place in the areas where the Kelly story had unfolded. However, I was also confronted by countless effigies of the Kelly Gang and their armour. The appropriation is interesting but not surprising. Not only is the Kelly Gang’s story intriguing; the bold, iconic imagery of their armour, a symbol of rebellion to many, is a major factor in the enduring mystique of the Kelly story. This is a selection from the exhibition, ‘Ned Kelly was here’, part of the fringe program of the 2011 Ballarat International Foto Biennale. The works were also shown at the 2011 Mansfield Spring Arts Fair. All photographs were captured on film using toy cameras.

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