Academic journal article American Studies

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

Academic journal article American Studies

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

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A PERIOD OF JUVENILE PROSPERITY. By Mike Brodie. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms. 2013.

Mike Brodie, aka the Polaroid Kidd, loves trains. Hopping his first train in 2004 at age 18, Brodie has since traveled over 50,000 miles and 46 states. From the very beginning of his time on the road, with a friend's Polaroid SX-70, he began snap- ping pictures of his fellow train-hoppers. When that film was discontinued, Brodie adapted, switching to an old 1980s 35mm camera, taking thousands of images, many of which he uploaded onto his own website. People quickly noticed, and by 2008, he had won the Baum Award for emerging artist. Within the next few years, his photos would be shown in galleries from the Yossi Milo in New York to M + BG in Los Angeles; he even has a photo hanging in the Louvre. As his notoriety emerged, he left the road-and photography-and received a degree from Nashville's Auto Diesel College, hoping to one day work for the railroad.

As he writes in his poetic, staccato two-page description of his life in the end of A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, his beautiful collection of 61 photos published by Twin Palms Publishers, "I don't want to be famous, but I hope this book is remem- bered forever." His photographs, though, are mostly of "forgotten" kids. Gutter punks drinking in abandoned buildings. Bandaged young women sleeping on cardboard near tracks. A tattooed man hanging from a speeding train, enthusiastically flipping off the camera. Brodie's images speak of a loose collection of punks, hanging out and hanging onto society's margins, glamorizing the road life even as the photos show us makeshift toilets and bloody underwear. …

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