Mike Brodie is well-travelled, but by unconventional means. In 2002 the photographer, then in his late teens, skipped town and started train hopping. In the years since, Brodie has travelled over 50,000 miles through 46 states by train, toting his cameras to document the experience.
While on his path of post-adolescent/pre-adulthood discovery, Brodie discovered a network of fellow train hoppers, and equipped with his ever-present Polaroid SX-70, picked up the nickname "The Polaroid Kidd".
His series of photographs – Brodie shot with Polaroid and 35 mm film – draws from his seven-year stint train hopping across the country, and offers a poignant look into the grit and the grime, the adventure, and the punk idealism the lifestyle entails. Brodie's work simultaneously captures a sense of fright and a sense of freedom in the journey of these young travelers, going wherever the tracks may lead them.
Mike Brodie's photographs can be seen in person at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.