The Beautiful Desolation of Mexico’s Suburbia

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In Alejandro Cartagena’s series Suburbia Mexicana: Fragmented Cities, colorful cookie cutter homes — that remind us ominously of the town in Edward Scissorhands — rise up in front of gorgeous landscapes, but remain themselves completely desolate, blank spaces nestled in natural beauty. The Monterrey-based photographer has been documenting the new growth of suburbs in the area for years in a project that aims to shed light on contradictory government policies that he believes have placed the financial priorities of developers “over the well being of the community, with roadways, parks and proper public transport systems standing far from becoming a reality.” The photos are strange and lovely, the rows of houses like ghost towns that manage to be futuristic and out of date all at once. Click through to see some of our favorite shots, and then be sure to head over to his website to check out more of his work.

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena. Spotted via Faith is Torment

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena

Photo credit: Alejandro Cartagena