When I first read the title of the photo, "Captivating photographs of punk hobos and hippie-squaters." I was reminded that these labels have started to mean a lot of things and I wasn't sure what that meant exactly. I wasn't sure what the photos would contain..pictures from the 60s and 70s? Woodstock? People wearing Ramone's shirts? Hmmm think again.
I found it strange to use these labels to describe people who live like vagabonds. It's interesting that some people live on the streets and squat by choice, choosing to escape from Society and live like vagabonds. While others have been forced to leave their families and constantly move around.
The following photos were interesting to me because no information was provided about the subjects. It's not clear to me why these folks have left conventional society, but it is clear that they have their own distinct ways and crazy fashion sense too! I am curious to know what others think about them..
At eighteen, self-taught photographer Mike Brodie rode the rails of America, shooting fellow box car hoppers and traveling youths with a Polaroid SX-70. Nicknamed “The Polaroid Kidd,” over the course of three years, the accidental photojournalist captured a segment of American population that lives on the fringes of society whose only necessary comforts are a bonfire, a knife to defend against vermin, and no homestead anchors, save for the occasional communal squat. Not just an artifact of a particular kind of freedom, it’s a document of human bonds, movement itself, and the places you go when you let go
This is an interesting description, for me the places "you go when you let go" can be seen in the subjects faces, rather in the envrionments themselves.
“Photography has made me what I am. It pulls me in all directions. It gives and takes friends, and pushes me to move miles and miles,” the photographer explains. “My desire to photograph these people in the beginning is what led me to develop such great relationships with them; some being relationships that will last clear on ’til the day I die. I’m really lucky ’cause I never used to be this social.” Get voyeuristic with our slide show of our favorite Polaroid Kidd shots.
One of the magical things about having a camera is that it can bring people together if you use it in a sincere way..How interesting that in the case of Mike Brodie, what may started as a voyeuristic curiosity turned into a way to make new friends!
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