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Nocturnal car melters at work in Buenos Aires

During the night in Buenos Aires, gangs of highly paid men stalk the streets in orange overalls and yellow hats.

Their job is to find and incinerate any illegally parked cars. Parking is illegal at night.

Photographing these men is forbidden so I had to be very careful – I took this shot from the window of a restaurant with a tablecloth over my head and some hummous smeared on the front of my camera.

All that’s left of this particular car is the gearbox. Shortly after this moment it melted into the road surface and was gone.

Such treatment may seem a little harsh to our European sensibilities but at least in B.A. they only do it to unoccupied cars – unlike their counterparts in Uruguay.


Photo by Førmål de Hüydt

posted by Førmål de Hüydt on September 23, 2008 | Permalink