In 2002, a teenaged Mike Brodie began 10 years of hopping freight trains. He covered 50,000 miles through 46 states, which he tracked using his trusty Railroad Atlas of North America. In 2004, he came into possession of a Polaroid camera that he used so frequently his nickname became Polaroid Kidd. Then in 2006, he upgraded to 35mm.
For the next 3 years, he captured images across the country from the gritty perspective of a new generation of hobos on the hunt for freedom. His work is collected in the book,A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.