Jane Burton’s OTHER STORIES is now part of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive


Title: Other Stories

Photographer: Jane Burton

Date of publication: 2011

Place of publication: Melbourne Australia

Language: English

Dimensions of book: 270x210mm

Edition size: 1000

Number of pages: 72

Cover, Type of binding: Hardcover

Printer: Everbest Printing Co Ltd

Publisher: M.33, Melbourne, Australia

Publication designer: Darren Sylvester

Publication editor: Helen Frajman

ISBN: 978-0-9871670-2-6

Retail price: AUS $50

Summary of project: Jane Burton’s Other Stories is a collection of photographs that are intended to be experienced as a series of loose associations rather than determined narratives. Structured with five chapters like a fairy-tale collection, each series is toned in a different colour – reminiscent of old photographic processes and hand-colouring techniques. The atmosphere common to all the stories is cinematic and dreamlike. Saturated with colour (peach-sepia, red, viridian green, lavender, and blue), each has its own emotional pitch and temperature; the ‘story’ is non-linear, non-literal, falling instead between remembrance, hallucination, and fantasy.

Whether depicting a figure, landscape, interior, or object, the photographs are imbued with a weight of meaning and emotional intensity. The landscapes are rendered as symbolic and psychological – places imagined, felt, remembered, rather than actual or specific. The female figure depicted, a character that moves through the stories, an animating presence, more ghost than definitive persona.