The Chemin de fer de Petite Ceinture (‘Little Belt Railway’) in Paris, built in 1852, largely abandoned since 1935 (aside from one increasingly underused section), lovingly documented since 2011 by photographer Pierre Folk.
As local developers eyeball the land for new apartments and office blocks, Parisian railway enthusiasts want it preserved, possibly transformed into a series of urban parkways like the nearby Promenade Plantée which inspired New York’s High Line.
Vintage photos deftly remixed (Terry Gillam style, but no less worthy for that) into hilarious gifs by Brooklyn artist and animator Cari Vander Yacht, who acquires the random shots in thrift shops, then scans and converts them. Sez she:
At a certain point, one must justify their creepy acquisition of other people’s pasts. Either you make up stories about how you’re related to the people in the pictures or you animate them.