Rebellion photographs by Tyler McNally

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Synopsis: Image 1 is taken from the G8 as protesters crossed the wire line. Image 2 is taken from a Marriage Equality protest in Dublin. Image 3 is taken from a Pro Choice protest in Belfast. And Image 4 is taken from the Occupy Belfast protest the night they took over a disused bank building. Image 1 is taken from a Pro Choice protest in Belfast. And Image 2 is taken from the Occupy Belfast protest the night they took over a disused bank building.  Image 3 is taken from the G8 as protesters crossed the wire line. Image 4 is taken from a Marriage Equality protest in Dublin.

 

The theme is “Rebels with a Cause” and it will naturally attract submissions highlighting resistance, heroism and even atrocity. To the naked eye my response to the theme seems sporadic, an unconnected series of images showing people rebelling for or against different causes.

This is deliberate, despite shared pains; rebels are scattered across different causes that the State and the Media (and some activists too) are happy to portray and hold up as separate, mutually exclusive issues. The purpose of this work is to question not the rebellion, but the cause. What is the ultimate cause? What connects these seemingly incomparable images?

All these images have been taken during protests that challenged Oppression, The Red Flag flying over the People’s Bank was an image captured during an occupation demanding the economic liberty of the ‘99%.’ The Razorwire image was taken during the G8 just last year, a protest against Imperialism and it’s influence and bloodshed globally. The other two images are from Equal Marriage & Pro Choice protests.

The ultimate cause is social, political and economic freedom, and that really brings all these rebels together. My submission isn’t about individuals or individual campaigns, it’s about the shared struggle for liberation that is ongoing, and the shared problem.

That real rebels are not just titans of history like Guevara or Trotsky, that you don’t need to be calling for revolution to be a rebel, or at least to be treated like one. That no cause is insignificant, no cause is alone.

If you tremble at every injustice you are a rebel.

I’m a Rebel, what about you?

Bio: Born in Lisnaskea, Northern Ireland to a working class, single parent family (something that profoundly influenced his life). Tyler studied at Queen’s University Belfast for three years before dropping out of his Philosophy course to dedicate himself to Photography. He has been published frequently in left wing political publications and more mainstream media outlets. Now 22, Tyler is devising new photographic projects that aim to give a voice to the voiceless, giving attention to matters that don’t interest big media or telling their stories in the honest light they deserve. Don McCullin, Jim Mortram and James Nachtwey are his work’s biggest influences. His work is distinctly of a documentary/Journalistic nature rather than being purely standalone art pieces for aesthetic pleasure, they are pieces of Northern Ireland’s visual history.”

 

 

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