The meter-gauge railway in Kunming, Yunnan is the world’s only intra-city meter-gauge railway in operation. It’s composed of two former parts of the Yunnan-Haiphong Railway and the Yunnan-Burma Railway, linked together by the Kunming North Railway Station. In December 2017, the leisure train that used to run on the railway was suspended to give way to the construction of a new metro line. The rails thus became a space of duality where, on the one hand people can walk and play more freely and on the other deserted. In the nighttime, the sense of abandonment is even stronger, as emphasized by the almost complete darkness that permeates sections and sections of the rails.
I used my feet and the lights at the end of the darkness to measure the dark sections of the Kunming meter-gauge railway: How fast can I go in the darkness? Why do I feel the must to walk fast in the darkness? What’s there in the dark? And what does artificial lights in the cities mean to urban dwellers? I kept asking myself these questions while taking the photos.