Photos Of Train-Hopping Youths Will Open Your Eyes To A Rarely Seen Subculture In America

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Photos Of Train-Hopping Youths Will Open Your Eyes To A Rarely Seen Subculture In America

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When he was 18 years old, self-taught photographer Mike Brodie decided to leave his home in Arizona and travel across the country for 4 years, hopping from train to train. Along his travels, he met numerous people riding the rails (like himself at the time) and vagabonds whose lifestyles, though unorthodox, are incredibly interesting to view through his lens.

This time in Brodie’s life documents a subculture of youths who have opted to lead a life of poverty with the promise of adventure. Altogether, the images reveal an unusual balance of struggles and freedom. Thought Brodie no longer practices photography nor ever really considered himself a real photographer, a collection of his work has been published in a book titled A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.

To learn more about Brodie and his work, be sure to check out his website.

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2 responses »

  1. I rode the rails here in Canada way back in the late 80’s early 90’s, did it for 4 years, met a lot of interesting folks. tell you I’m paying for it now, bad knees from jumping on and off moving trains.

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