Tagged: Mike Brodie

Photography by Mike Brodie
COUNTERCULTURE / September 2014

ON THE RAILS OF AMERICA WITH TEENAGE HITCHHIKERS AND TRAIN HOPPERS

Photography by Mike Brodie
Text by Sophie Pinchetti

The open road conjures something deep and elemental in the American spirit. This is, after all, the so-called “Land of Freedom”, home of the Pioneer, and the “American Dream“. So what happens when so much has already been conquered? Well, you hop the freight train, exit society and get ready for a ride into the unknown. Or at least, that’s what American photographer Mike Brodie did.

At the age of 17, Mike Brodie spontaneously embarked on a five-year adventure, hopping the freight trains and crisscrossing the vast expanses of the United States several times over. He took his camera with him. His wanderings took him on a journey on the fringes of American society, living alongside modern tribes of teenage nomads, who call the road their home.

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