Mike Brodie (born in 1985), best known by his pseudonym "Polaroid Kidd" is a self-trained American photographer from Pensacola, Florida. In 2003 Brodie left home at 18 to travel the rails across America. A friend gave him a camera and he found himself spending three years photographing the friends and companions he encountered with the Polaroid SX-70. Polaroid discontinued SX-70 film, so now he shoots on 35mm on a Nikon F3.
"Two weeks later I was gone — this was it, I was riding my very first freight train."
The Polaroid Kid showcased his pictures in the book "A Period of Juvenile Prosperity," depicting a gritty youth subculture of freight train hoppers and squatters.
“I know almost everyone I shoot,” Brodie told Business Insider, “Three of the women in the book are ex-girlfriends and a couple of the guys … are best friends.”
(© Mike Brodie. Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.)