Riding in the Back of Pickup Trucks – A Bird’s-Eye View
In this series by photographer Alejandro Cartagena entitled Car Poolers, we get a rare view into how car-pooling is practiced by workers in Mexico. Alejandro sees it as an acute observation to overgrowth issues in Mexico, where suburbs are being built in far away lands with no proper public transportation to the urban centers. This causes greater commutes and consumption of gas. Even though these workers are not conscious of the ecological impact they have by traveling this way (as they are doing it to save time and money), they are a silent contributor to the preservation of our city and planet. [Source: Circuit Gallery]
The overhead shots Alejandro takes are fascinating. In one photo we can spot as many as ten workers carpooling in the back of one truck! While some use the time to nap and rest, others battle the wind to read the daily paper.
Be sure to visit Alejandro’s site to see the rest of the series: http://alejandrocartagena.com/car-poolers/
Alejandro Cartagena – Photographer
Alejandro Cartagena lives and works in Monterrey, Mexico. He is an artist, teacher and promoter of photography. His projects are primarily documentary based, and employ landscape and portraiture as a means to examine social, urban and environmental issues in Latin America. His work also engages with a larger history of photography by reinterpreting or rethinking the ways in which poignant issues have been addressed or represented in the past. This has widened his works´ aesthetic and conceptual approach and added layers of meaning to his complex interpretations of our society.
Cartagena’s work has been exhibited and published internationally, and is in several public and private collections in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Italy, and the United States. He is the recipient of several major national grants, numerous honorable mentions and acquisition prizes in Mexico and abroad. [Source: Circuit Gallery]
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