By the Silent Line

September 01, 2014

For the past four years, photographer Pierre Folk has been exploring the Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (or "Little Belt Railway”), a 20 mile stretch of unused railroad located on the perimeter of Paris that in many places has surrendered itself to the elements. Folk’s haunting images display a landscape left behind with but still holds a presence where it was once used. Folk explains, “On most of its course, la Petite Ceinture has produced nothing but silence since the 30’s. Oddly enough, it hasn’t gone to wrack and ruin. As a river, its shores constantly change over time, but it persists. Grasses, flowers and small trees sprout from its bed. The vestige has become a boundary on the fringe of society. An intimate place where past and modernity make their acquaintance.”

Text by Canbra Hodsdon