Mike Brodie‘s life, when told by a stranger, seems a lot like free association — where one thing leads to the next, leads to the next, etc.
It all happened during that year photographer Mike Brodie would hitchhike numerous US freight trains photographing the life of a group of his friends – wayward teenagers, adventure seekers & high school runaways.
From taking in the view from the rooftops of train carriages to sleeping amongst the rough banks of the railroads themselves, Brodie was there catching an incredible moment in time.
It all began when Brodie found an abandoned Polaroid camera folded behind a car seat; that was the very moment that his passion and love affair with photography started. To date, his adventures have seen him travel over 50K miles, snatched a lift from 170+ long haul freight trains and passed through 46 US States in the process.
It’s unusual to see photographs with such spirit and soul. There’s a rawness to Brodie’s work, a reflection one would think on the ramshackle nature of his environment. The images below were shot using 35mm film, providing a rich tapestry to his exhilarating and unique journeys.