Mike Brodie – The Polaroid Kidd

Ich klicke mich grade durch die fantastische Fotografie von Mike Brodie aka The Polaroid Kidd, der sich mit 18 Jahren in einen Zug setzte, durch Amerika reiste und drei Jahre lang Obdachlose, Punks und Menschen, die alternative Livestyles lebten, fotografierte. Snip von Wikipedia: „Critic Vince Aletti of artsandantiques.net says of Brodie’s work: ‘Even if you’re not intrigued by Brodie’s ragtag bohemian cohort — a band of outsiders with an unerring sense of post-punk style — the intimate size and warm, slightly faded color of his prints are seductive. His portraits…..have a tender incisiveness that is rare at any age.’“

“The Boys and Girls of Modern Days Railways” – prints by The Polaroid Kidd, noch viel mehr Bilder von Brodie auf Arteven, The Polaroid Kidd in der Needles & Pens-Gallery, In Transit, Photography by Mike Brodie (via Coilhouse)

Snip von einem Interview mit dem Dryinkmag:

DI: Do people that you travel with resent you for taking their photo? Or what’s their response?

MB: Everyone I photograph, I’m on good terms with. Sometimes, when they see the photo, they’ll put their two cents in, but, I don’t know, I think a lot of people – I’ve had a couple shows recently – and it’s like… there’s a bunch of dirty kids in a gallery and (art patrons) think it’s fucked up. I don’t know what they’re talking about, and I don’t want to have a conversation with those people.
But, everyone I photograph… they’re down with it. They know what I do with the photo. I mean, some of them I’ll never see again, but most of them I keep in touch with.

DI: You seem like you’ve done a good job reconciling the art and the traveling culture, is that difficult? I mean, not necessarily keeping your travelin’ ‘cred, but… you’ve had a show in Beverly Hills?

MB: Um, I don’t know, it’s funny, I hopped trains to the show in Beverly Hills. Me and four of my friends rode down to L.A. from Oakland, and we all got real wasted at the opening. People think train riding is some sort of sacred culture, and it definitely has deep roots in history, but it’s 2007 and people nowadays who ride trains do it for fun. Some want to act like their like, down and out, like impoverished young kids being exploited or something and that’s silly. I ride trains for fun. I just like photographing these people because they interest me and they’re beautiful and they’re important to me. And I want to keep the document open on traveling because I need something to keep me going. I mean, if I wasn’t taking photos, I wouldn’t be traveling.
Sometimes I take a train the wrong way or… whatever happens a photo will come out of it, so it doesn’t really matter where I end up.