This man is behind you but you cant see him – a movie projectionist.
I spent more time with these projectors then I spend with my family.
I have long been an admirer of Philip Bloom’s videos. They’re beautiful, slow and methodical. And his documentary on Ridwaan Fridle is a great example of why I created this site in the first place. Ridwaan has a passion for projectors, Philip has a passion for photography, and I have a passion for learning about new people.
Throughout daily life we pass thousands of people and each one of them has some kind of story to tell. Ridwaan spent 50 years getting to the point at which this documentary was shot and in seven minutes you can see the passion that propelled his life. Ironically though – like Philip Blooms work, we are moving away from celluloid and towards a digital medium. In the video, Ridwaan gets very emotional about the possibility of being out of work. But even as we move towards digital, I think there will always be something special about seeing a movie with actual film projected from an actual projectionist. I hope Ridwaan, Phillip and everyone with a passion aren’t out of work anytime soon.
Directed, Filmed and Edited by: Philip Bloom