Kyle Murdock is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. He researches the impacts of late nineteenth-century botanical science on literature and film and its importance for the fields of modernist studies and ecocriticism.
Green Screens, or Watching Flowers at the Cinema: Realism, Fantasy, and Modernism in Early Time-Lapse Film
Whether we accelerate the growth of a plant through time-lapse photography or show its form in forty-fold enlargement, in either case a geyser of new image-worlds hisses up at points in our existence where we would least have thought them possible.
—Walter Benjamin, “News About Flowers”