Mike „Polaroid Kidd“ Brodies Period of Juvenile Prosperity

Mike Brodie aka „The Polaroid Kidd“ ging im Jahr 2003 mit 17 Jahren auf eine Reise quer durch die USA und zwar per Train-Hopping. Dabei fotografierte er haufenweise New School Hippies, Punks, Obdachlose und Abenteurer, seine Arbeiten hängen in tausend Galerien und im März kommt der erste Bildband mit seinen Fotografien. Über Brodie hab’ ich zum ersten mal vor vier Jahren gebloggt und habe jede Menge ähnlicher Punk-Fotografie gesehen, Brodies bleiben bis heute die rohesten und kraftvollsten.

Hier gab’s mal jede Menge Prints zu kaufen: The Boys and Girls of
Modern Days Railways
, hier eine weitere Galerie seiner Bilder, jede Menge mehr Fotos gibt’s auf der Website von M+B. Das Buch kommt am 22. März 2013 (Das Datum auf Amazon.de ist falsch, auf der Website des Verlags und bei Amazon.com wird das Buch auf 2013 datiert).

At 17 Mike Brodie hopped his first train close to his home in Pensacola, FL thinking he would visit a friend in Mobile, AL. Instead the train went in the opposite direction to Jacksonville, FL. Days later, Brodie rode the same train home, arriving back where he started. Nonetheless, it sparked something and Brodie began to wander across the U.S. by any means that were free – walking, hitchhiking and train hopping. Shortly after, Brodie found a Polaroid camera stuffed behind a carseat.

With no training in photography and coke-bottle glasses, the instant camera was an opening for Brodie to document his experiences. As a way of staying in touch with his transient community,Brodie shared his pictures on various websites gaining the moniker The Polaroid Kidd [sic]. When the Polaroid film he used was discontinued, Brodie switched to 35mm film and a sturdy 1980s camera. Brodie spent years crisscrossing the U.S. amassing a collection, now appreciated as one of the most impressive archives of American travel photography. When asked about his approach to travel and photography Brodie has said: 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.

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