A Period of Juvenile Prosperity by Mike Brodie
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Publisher: Twin Palms
In 2003 at the age of seventeen Mike Brodie was living in Pensacola, Florida, still at High school and working part time bagging groceries. He decided to visit a friend in Mobile, Alabama choosing to train hop and ride illegally. In fact he ended up getting on the wrong train and travelled for three days in the opposite direction to Jacksonville, Florida. 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. His photographs are of the rough and ready band of outsiders he met whilst travelling. The soft, warm portraits reveal a romanticised and bohemian view of the transient community that are sure to find their way into the archives of American travel photography.