A touch is all it takes
By Lin Charlston Ludlow, Shropshire, UK: Charlston Books, 2012. Open Edition.
3 x 4"; 16 pages. Digitally printed with archival inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Duo paper. Line-drawings. Hand bound codex with translucent dust wrapper.
Lin Charlston: "A touch is all it takes continues my interest in the complex relationship between plants and humans. "In 2012, I completed an Open University course 'Plants and People' to update my understanding of plant science. The course team had taken care to present science as politically neutral while being aware of public concerns. Nevertheless, accounts stressing the importance of biodiversity strongly implied the damaging effects of mono-culture and intensive farming.
"'A touch is all it takes' is a phrase used by Monsanto on their website for the weed killer, Roundup. In the artist's book A touch is all it takes this phase is placed over detailed drawings of the weed Galium aparine [an edible and medicinal weed]. In the second half of the book, the drawings are inverted. "A slight pressure with one finger on the loose, translucent wrap makes the front cover clearer to read suggesting that it only takes a small move to start seeing things differently."