March 8, 2013

Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

Mike Brodie Train Photo Image

Brodie began to photograph his travels in 2004 when he acquired an old Polaroid camera. “A friend gave me a Polaroid camera I found on the back seat of her car. I took a photo of the handlebars of my BMX bike and it looked incredible, so I kept taking pictures, it was that simple.” From 2004-2006, Brodie shot exclusively on Polaroid film, earning him the moniker the Polaroid Kidd; a name he would tag on box cars and walls. From 2006 – 2009, Brodie switched to 35mm film. During this five-year span, Brodie rode over 50,000 miles through 46 states documenting the people and places he encountered along the way.


  1. Sheila Ryan on March 8th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Wow. The gallery slideshow is kinda mind-blowing.

  2. Erica Braverman on March 9th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    These are stunning. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Rick Neece on March 9th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Agreed, thank you.

  4. Michael Grant Smith on March 10th, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Not bad for a young hobo with a Polaroid camera.

  5. Steve Carroll on March 10th, 2013 at 11:32 am

    From a British point of view these photos represent an imaginary America we see in the movies when in fact it’s real. Without sounding patronising I wish these American nomads the freedom they desire.