Stephen Best

photography and...

Ned Kelly Dreaming

It is with the gaze from Ned Kelly's helmet that I began to look at his landscape. A narrow slit - his self imposed panavision. This vision is then immersed & melded with the perspective of an aboriginal dreamscape - most specifically from the Yarralin Tribe - from far north -western Australia.

It is the duality of Australian myth & the Yarralin Aborigines, the inclusion of the figure of Ned Kelly within both cultures which has resulted in the exhibition I propose.

Ned Kelly represents one of the few inclusive links of white Australia to Aboriginal dreaming, the results of this investigation has inspired of these images