Photographer Alejandro Cartagena shot his eerie photographic series of traveling day laborers, sleeping in their pickups, called Car Poolers, in the vicinity of Monterrey in northern Mexico.
We’re used to working in a friendly environment, in air-conditioned spaces… These workers on the other hand are manual workers, performing odd jobs in construction and gardening. The photos were taken while they were sleeping, just before they started their daily toil. The workers had made their improvised accommodations in the open backs of their pickups.
Cartagena has won multiple awards for his artistic achievements, maybe precisely because his work has such a profound impact on various aspects of human being. In his own subtle way he shows us the bitter and unseeing world of all the overlooked people. A world, that’s hidden far from our eyes. But our eyes need to see it!