In the 2004 movie ‘The Terminal’, Tom Hanks played a refugee stuck living in an airport. The story was based on a true one; that of Marhan Nasseri, an Iranian, who lived in Terminal 1 of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport from 1988 until being hospitalized in 2006. Not much changes; this lady ‘lives’ in Terminal 2 of Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. I have been seeing her here for at least a year; always sitting on the same set of chairs, with her pile of clothes and bags growing ever larger on it’s baggage trolley. She’s not always there however, and I have no idea where she goes, or how she manages to move that mountain of belongings. I did not feel comfortable photographing her – just look at the expression on her face, it is beyond despair – I would not make a very good paparazzi, or photo journalist. Makes my description of a ‘rotten’ day yesterday completely inappropriate doesn’t it?
19th Jan 2012