Title: Other Stories
Photographer: Jane Burton
Date of publication: 2011
Place of publication: Melbourne Australia
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
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.