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Car poolers - Alejandro Cartagena
April 15, 2012 4:29 PM   Subscribe


 
Great work. Thank you for sharing this.
posted by fake at 4:32 PM on April 15, 2012


Wow. These are captivating. Thanks.
posted by medusa at 4:42 PM on April 15, 2012


Looks kinda cozy. I wish I could lye down catching some shut-eye time on my way to work.
posted by rowancluster at 4:57 PM on April 15, 2012


Excellent! Thank you for posting!
posted by New Old User at 4:57 PM on April 15, 2012


Amazing.
posted by Threeway Handshake at 5:17 PM on April 15, 2012


Great stuff.
posted by jamesonandwater at 5:25 PM on April 15, 2012


Doesn't work in Safari.
posted by karlos at 5:36 PM on April 15, 2012


Not what I expected when I clicked the link. Loved these. Each was like a window into a different little microcosm, each neatly fit into the flatbed of a truck, each one unique. I'd love to see more.
posted by kinnakeet at 5:43 PM on April 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Doesn't work in Safari.

Worked fine in Safari on my iMac. Perhaps the page is getting hit a bit heavy and the servers are tired. Try again later, or if you suspect it really is Safari, try a different browser.
posted by hippybear at 5:45 PM on April 15, 2012


Wonderful photos. Troubling in a sense.
One bad accident and those guys are airborne.
posted by Bighappyfunhouse at 5:50 PM on April 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm wondering where these pictures were taken. Were they all taken from the same overpass, etc.?
posted by AMSBoethius at 6:25 PM on April 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Man, I wish I could sleep like that. But I'd be all "are we there yet?" and "what if there's an accident?"
posted by sneebler at 6:26 PM on April 15, 2012


I watched an episode of Forensic Files where a guy killed a stripper, put her in the back of a truck and dumped her over a bridge. As part of the proof the guy did it, they showed photos from the toll plaza on the tollway with the dead woman in the bed of the truck. Since seeing that seeing guys sleeping in the back of trucks seems pretty creepy.

I'm wondering where these pictures were taken. Were they all taken from the same overpass, etc.?

The seem to all be taking from the same overpass (there's several photos from the same lane) somewhere in Mexico.
posted by birdherder at 6:43 PM on April 15, 2012


Must be my machine, still doesn't work in Safari, Chrome or Firefox. First gen Macbook Air.
posted by karlos at 7:39 PM on April 15, 2012


What's really weird to me is that they're all Hispanic. Where I come from, Anglos do manual labor and ride in the backs of trucks too.
I went down to visit family in Maryland and felt like a real piece of shit eating breakfast as the others snickered at the poor Spanish-speaking dudes who had to be working outside the window.
posted by dunkadunc at 8:08 PM on April 15, 2012


...And I see Alejandro Cartagena is from Mexico. My sentiment on US labor segregation still stands.
posted by dunkadunc at 8:11 PM on April 15, 2012


(but is somewhat less relevant.)
posted by dunkadunc at 8:12 PM on April 15, 2012


...And I see Alejandro Cartagena is from Mexico.

And you should also see that it's clearly marked on the website that all these photos are from Mexico, too. "the car poolers in Mexico. more images soon."
posted by hippybear at 8:51 PM on April 15, 2012


I think I would sleep feet first if I were to do this,k because that way if the pick up hit something my head wouldn't split like a melon on impact with the back of the cab.
posted by Skygazer at 9:10 PM on April 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Must be my machine, still doesn't work in Safari, Chrome or Firefox. First gen Macbook Air.

Hard for me to grok why, really. It's just a website with some images. They do load horizontal instead of vertical, so the scroll bar runs in a non-intiutive way, but it's not difficult HTML or fancy coding or anything like that.
posted by hippybear at 10:03 PM on April 15, 2012


As a further datapoint, it loads fine in Chrome on a Mac Mini.

Great pictures, too. When I was a kid, I spent entire summers pretty much riding around in the back of my dad's pickup truck while we went places.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 10:05 PM on April 15, 2012


very cool. Protip: In a truck or fast boat, sleeping feet forward gets you broken ankles instead of a broken neck as a result of sudden deceleration.

Oh and now I see Skygazer knows this too.
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 10:30 PM on April 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


interesting, the last two are the same truck, but more guys, and the stuff is re-arranged. Must have been taken of different days
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 10:45 PM on April 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


The Guardian had a bit more background when they featured these in their weekend magazine in February (see captions).
posted by rory at 4:35 AM on April 16, 2012


warning, "Norton blocked an intrusion attempt by fwfyq.voxelperfect.net" when I visited this site.
posted by evilmomlady at 5:56 AM on April 16, 2012


interesting, the last two are the same truck

I thought I saw several duplicated trucks on various days. These are cool; reminds me of how much I loved riding in the backs of pickup trucks as a child (and also thankful I was never in a wreck while doing so).
posted by TedW at 6:32 AM on April 16, 2012


The perspective in the photos reminds me of this exhibit
posted by exogenous at 8:29 AM on April 16, 2012


hippybear: Doesn't work in Safari.

Worked fine in Safari on my iMac. Perhaps the page is getting hit a bit heavy and the servers are tired. Try again later, or if you suspect it really is Safari, try a different browser.

Here, and I assumed it wouldn't work in safari because of the threat of a lion jumping into the open truck bed.
posted by IAmBroom at 9:54 AM on April 16, 2012


They might be lying down because it's comfortable, or they might be avoiding detection. In my part of Mexico it recently became illegal to ride in the back of a pickup. It's not rigorously enforced, but it's enough of a concern that on a recent pickup-truck outing, the guys in back lay down flat whenever we approached cops or military checkpoints. (Seat belts are required now, too.)
posted by ceiba at 3:28 PM on April 16, 2012


Very interesting stuff! Thanks for posting this.
posted by release the hardwoods! at 7:22 PM on April 16, 2012


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