Alejandro Cartagena’s photographic series The Car Poolers focuses on the thousands of Mexican workers who are forced to travel on Monterey’s highway 85 in flatbed trucks as they go to their jobs in the city from their small far flung towns.
“Car Poolers is a project that continues my visual research on how the Mexican suburbs impact the landscape, the city and its inhabitants.
I´ve been shooting the project for a year on Monterey’s highway 85 going south bound to one of the richest cities in Latin America, San Pedro Garza Garcia, one of the nine cities that form the Metropolitan area.
I shoot from a pedestrian overpass that looks over the cars coming out of a small tunnel and “predict” which trucks might have people in the back. These images present a not-so-subtle observation of overgrowth issues in Mexico; where suburbs are being built in far away lands, far from the urban centers, causing greater commutes and consumption of gas.” – Alejandro Cartagena