CEMETERY CAR


The largest and richest city in South America, Sao Paulo, presents serious problems of urban mobility whose solution seems increasingly distant. The debate in the society about the excess of cars intensifies in the measure in which a new cycle network was installed recently by the Former Mayor Fernando Haddad. The city of São Paulo concentrates 40% of all the automobiles of the country and the State in turn has 28,277,345 registered. Cars are the main means of transportation of the city, whose average vehicle per capita is almost 1 per capita. Another problem seems to be insoluble: the lack of recycling for abandoned vehicles. In the United States and in many cities in Europe, about 95% of vehicles are recycled, while in São Paulo this percentage is only 1.5%. As a result of the lack of public and private policies aimed at properly disposing of the recyclable materials of automobiles, large lands contain cemeteries with thousands of abandoned cars. Surveillance of soil and groundwater contamination at these sites is low or almost nonexistent.

I photographed a graveyard of cars near the Billings Dam, one of the largest water reservoirs in the metropolitan region of São Paulo and responsible for supplying several cities in the vicinity.

The photos were made for National Geographic Brasil's "Maior Abandonado" feature in the 2013 Trash Special Edition.

Following the photos published in the pages of National Geographic

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