October 2018: Transmission referenced in Melanie McWhorter’s article ‘Cover the Book: Edition 3, Opening the Book’ for Lenscratch.
December 2016: Actions of Consequence discussed and featured in the article 'Beyond Mourning: On Photography and Distinction' by writer Ella Mudie found in Afterimage Magazine, vol 44, No 3.
January 2016: Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa writes about Transmission: “In the scaliness and irregular extrusion of the topography depicted in these images, there is a sense of computerised simulation and algorithmic extrapolation carried out in three dimensions, as though the curve of an oscilloscope had been transformed into a mapped image of signal voltages given earthly form. We are shown an unfamiliar world as if seen not by human eyes, but by statistical renderings of numerical data.” For full essay see The Great Leap Sideways.
Gianpaolo Arena includes Actions of Consequence in a well curated edition of Landscape Stories 22, out December 22nd, presenting photographers and writers dealing with the theme of outer space. He writes: Our post-kubrickian travel in time and space has by now amply surpassed the year 2001, a place of the mind where knowledge is no longer represented by a black glossy sharp stone. All that is out of us attracts and repels at the same time, between temptation and fear. A very long corridor of energy beams us in the direction of a gigantic point of light. How much can we go far from here? The fascination for a new landscape, hostile and sublime, on the other side of its illusory truthfulness invites us to undertake new directions and to cross new limits. The deepest dark manifests itself as soon as we overtake metaphysical tops. What’s human? What’s real? Landscape Stories 22 will take you to the Outer Spaces, with 35 photographic works and 16 writings all dedicated to the mysterious connections between us and the world, the man-machine relationships, the relations with the divine element, with the other self, with the inexplicable.
Olga Yatskevich writes about Transmission: Comments/Context: Transmission is the title of a new photobook by the British photographer Lucy Helton and, as it suggests, it is a message. The project was inspired by her father David Helton, a committed environmentalist and writer. In one of his novels, he imagines a world without humans, where people live on other planets, allowing the Earth to become a wildlife preserve. The photographer used this utopian idea as a starting point to imagine her own, very different Earth, entirely without humans.
The format of Helton’s Transmission creatively reflects the idea of a message, going beyond the traditional book form. The production of the book was a tedious and time consuming process, as Helton used old fax machines to print all the photographs. Nine panoramic images (the longest of them is 31.5 inches) have been printed on thin paper and are held together by Japanese clip binding, presenting an elegant and fragile object that has a distinct tactile experience and pleasant feel. The book scroll is placed inside a cardboard tube, recreating the experience of discovering a message in a bottle or receiving a delivery via pneumatic pipes. The text on the cover insert mimics an actual fax transmission report, with its typical typography, symbols and terminology. It states that the communication was sent on April 22, 2215, the sender is identified as “978193063222”, and the result was recorded as “OK”. For full essay and photographs go to Collector Daily.