“The botanist’s magnifying glass is youth recaptured. It gives him back the enlarging gaze of a child. With this glass in his hand, he returns to the garden
où les enfants regardent grand
(where children see enlarged)
Thus the minuscule, a narrow gate, opens up an entire world. The details of a thing can be the sign of a new world which, like all worlds, contains the attributes of greatness. Miniature is one of the refuges of greatness.”
– Bachelard, The Poetics of Space
In The General Returns from One Place to Another by Michael Robinson, close-up shots of plants and flowers are mesmerising, seductive and deeply sinister. Rumbling bass and sounds of guns firing work with the repeating (truncated) pans to warn us away.