Railway photography is my lifelong commitment and objective. From steam, internal combustion, electric, heavy-load and high-speed railways to the Qinghai-Tibet Railway stretching over the snow-covered plateau, the history of Chinese railways is absolutely splendid. It is also a carrier of my sentiments towards railways. Railway, photography and I myself constitute the tripod of my life, which supports me to move forward unceasingly.
I fell in love with taking photos of trains when I was a teenager. It happened that my first job was doing publicity in a railway station. In particular, I shot numerous photos of high-speed lines covering the start-up phase of a project, its building process, and opening to traffic. From the ages of steam, internal combustion and electric railways to the era of high-speed ones, railways and I myself somehow become two import pivots of my life tripod.
Photography bears witness to the rapid development of Chinese railways from stretch. From October 2, 1905 when the first railway — the Beijing-Zhangjiakou Railway — designed and constructed by Chinese people was born, to 1949 before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, China only had a mileage of railways totaling 22,000 km and was nicknamed the “Worldwide Locomotive Fair.” Nowadays, however, China’s mileage of railways in operation has already exceeded 120,000 km. A modern high-speed railway network extending in all directions has been formed on a gigantic scale and played a role in transportation. It dispatches over 10 million passengers a day during the peak time.
Looking back on the past 40 years of my photographing experience, I have always been deeply fascinated and touched by the hardworking railway staff every time I board a train, walk into stations, construction sites and railway factories, and go along the railway lines. Naturally, I prefer to catch those details among their lives. Also, my camera has recorded many important historical moments of China’s railways, including the evolvement from steam, internal combustion and electric railways as well as railroads on plateaus to high-speed CRH trains; trains driving from plains to the snow-covered plateau with an altitude of over 5,000 meters; and those from seashore cities to northern Xinjiang and from China to other countries across the world.