Regular readers of Janus will be aware that most issues featured two photo stories. Some of these excellent supporting photo fantasies tend to get forgotten, as there is no front cover image to remind us of them. We’ve decided it’s time to celebrate these lesser-known photo stories by releasing some high quality images from the Janus archive.
Our first offering, ‘Kristen and Norelle – a story of retribution’ is from Janus 18. Kristen’s stepsister, Norelle, aims to curb her use of illegal drugs with the cane. Midway through the punishment Kristen’s boyfriend returns and unfortunately for Norelle she finds her own bottom in the firing line. If you’d like to see more you can download a digital copy of the magazine here.
If there are any particular supporting photo stories you’d like us to revisit please email email@example.com – we’d be delighted to hear from you.
Over the years Janus has featured a large number of excellent photos sent in by our readers. Fortunately many of these images still survive in our archive and we now have the opportunity to showcase them for you in the best possible quality. Some of the photos will be seen in colour for the first time and each week we will publish a small selection for your enjoyment.
One of the delights of early issues of Janus becoming available again as digital downloads is that they serve to remind us how good the magazine was at capturing the drama of corporal punishment. The editorial team knew that photos illustrating anxiety and shame were just as important as those capturing the actual punishments.
Take these three high quality images from the Janus archive that perfectly capture those tense moments prior to punishment.
The Janus 14 photo story ‘Last in Line’ devotes six pages of photos and narrative to Michelle’s nervous wait outside the Principal’s office before she finally steps inside.
In Janus 16 we meet Serena James, a private secretary about to get ‘The Treatment’. We can sense the tension as she passes the cane to her employer.
‘Teacher Training’ in Janus 18 brings Jennifer Simmonds, a junior arts and crafts teacher to the headmaster’s office. She clearly knows all too well the fate that awaits her sentenced bottom.
Check out our full range of digital issues here.
Work is currently underway to create a digital archive of the many thousands of photographs taken for Janus photostories over the past 40 years.
Jon Rayworth, a long time collector of Janus and Februs, has joined our expanding team to work with Roy Tersley to build the archive. High quality scans of all surviving images are being created (many of them previously unseen) so that classic photostories can now be appreciated in greater detail by those who remember them when they were first published and enjoyed for the first time by a whole new audience.
Jon takes up the story “Cataloguing all the material is a huge task because at one point Janus was producing four different titles and unfortunately the prints and negatives are no longer stored in any order. However, the good news is that a terrific amount of content exists from right across the run. Our focus initially will be on reconstructing the Janus archive before the team move on to tackle Februs.”
Jon will be providing regular updates on this work and releasing some exclusive images over the coming months.
If you have ever appeared in Janus, been involved in the production of the magazine or have access to any material that you think might be worthy of inclusion in the archive then Jon would be pleased to hear from you. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org