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Review: Mike Brodie at Yossi Milo Gallery

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 22, 2013
Updated: Thursday, January 2, 2014
A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

Through April 6

Photographer Mike Brodie doesn't just document youthful train-hoppers and squatters, he has been one. In an adventure that began at the age of 17 Brodie spent five years riding the rails with other adventure-seeking youths. In that time he covered over 50,000 miles of track through 46 states.

One wouldn't know it to look at his spirited and well-composed prints but Brodie is self-trained. After discovering a polaroid camera on the back seat of a friend's car he began shooting and used exclusively polaroid for two years. In this time he earned the title Polaroid Kid, a name he tagged on walls and boxcars throughout his journey. Brodie has since traded the polaroid for 35mm film, but a warmth and nostalgia still infuses the work.

Brodie is close to his subjects- they are his travel companions, friends, and lovers. Brodie, as Nan Goldin or Larry Clark is part of the fabric of the work; since we are not looking out we are looking in our vantage is intimate. We feel a surge of energy as we look over the shoulder of a young girl, her hair blowing in the wind, and feel the a warm glow evening sun spread over our skin as it does the the golden plain behind her in #0924. We lean over a map and plan our route with two other companions in #3025. We sense a moment of calm and pleasure in just watching the landscape pass, the the unbridled thrill of the open road bubbling in our spirit in #5060. We remember moments in our lives when we had no strings but our own, no attachments, no responsibility and we feel again the fright and freedom that come with belonging to nothing but the moment.

For more information on this exhibition, please visit Yossi Milo Gallery

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