Film still, snapshot of FOLLOW ME film

Film still, snapshot of FOLLOW ME film

Film still, snapshot of FOLLOW ME film

Film still, snapshot of FOLLOW ME film

The symbols of our hectic daily round - the world's busiest airports, railway stations and sea ports are the transport centres that have always attracted my attention. I simply love their mad rhythm.

I have always felt attracted to high-end facilities and teeming with life hot spots such as world's busiest airports, stations and ports. This is probably why I remember so clearly one of my first visits to a small, just about forgotten airport. Three years old, I was sitting at an open-air terrace overlooking a runway on which no motion was visible. At the airport there was only one aircaft whose painfully slow servicing I watched for hours. In suspense, I expected it to take off ‘sometime today,’ as the airport workers promised me. Nevertheless, it never did. I felt timelessness and depression. That year the number of checked-in passengers was not anything over 300 000 people a year. It used to be a time of great changes and exceptional insecurity for the entire country.

A decade later I had the great opportunity to come back to the same terrace. I was then it full of scurrying passengers and illuminated by bright searchlights. A decade later I faced tens of taxing, taking off and landing aircrafts - everything from the old metal window frames, through the frayed floors of the terminals to the cracked asphalt of the car park had come to life. I was thunderstruck and captivated by the reviving of the wasteland and so with a small camcorder I captured this new world.

FOLLOW ME is a product of my wish to share this experience with a large audience. It is a reel of vitality and absorbing dynamics that follows the rise of the small, just about forgotten airport.

Vesko Cholakov  

 

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