30.07.14 by Jeff

Mike Brodie


At 18, photographer Mike Brodie left home and hopped trains across the United States. He spent three years photographing the train hoppers and vagabonds he encountered. More photos below.



















Mike Brodie’s Website


Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • Amazing!!

  • wow – mindblowing and touching!

  • Joseph Luk

    Going through those few images was almost like looking at a dark indie teen growing-pains flick. Meaning that in the best sense.

    • CatherineEHadley

      my friend’s step-mother makes $73 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for 7 months but last month her pay was $7220 just working on the computer for a few hours.


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  • Guest

    There is nothing amazing about these pics. Train kids beg for money, loiter, steal, etc. you obviously dont live anywhere near where they congregate. They should all go back home to thier trust funds. They have money for tatoos but beg in front of every store. Please dont glamorize these a$$holes. Where I live is a haven and all they do is lay around, beg and steal. They should get jobs like everyone else

    • S.


    • Kelli Jerome

      I disagree. You just made these images even more interesting with your personal back story in relation to them. Art moves people…in some way…good or bad. It got a reaction from you so the photographer did his job.

      • rye

        fully agree this comment! ^ my old media arts teacher would say even art that makes you feel angry or uncomfortable or sad is still just as good as art that brings joy and nostalgia happiness. because feelings are real. art that motivates a true emotion is regardless good or bad is still beautiful art.

      • Nanichi M. Cabrera

        Thank you for this. From and artist with art issues.

      • Jim King

        It’s easy to make people angry or uncomfortable or sad.

      • rye

        through an ernest piece of creativity? or just being a complete jackass?

      • Jim King

        Either one I guess. I don’t know, does your being a complete jackass have that effect on people?

      • rye


      • rye

        but then again who is to say good art can’t also be easy to produce?

    • Blake Míller

      It’s a necessary lifestyle to live wild, free, and oppressed with the odds stacked against you. Not everyone born is to think like you or understand why you’re so pissed inside your little societal bubble. You know, I think the hardest thing to do is look at something in a different shade of light when you’re so evidently wrapped up in your fictitious ego. Give em’ a break and let them learn life their way.

    • Christopher Reid

      Your life must be exciting.

      Grow some balls and remember that you are just an animal…

    • E Tee

      I think there is a lot of truth in what he/she says.They shouldn’t be romanticized.
      I’ve lived and worked with at-risk youth and homeless for 4 years and you can tell a distinct difference between those who are victims of their circumstances and those who choose to live in need. They come into our community and they take resources from people who depend on it, and give nothing in return.

      There’s a certain egotistical nature about them, the same that I see in spoiled rich kids and arrogant professionals. They live for themselves, ignoring any responsibility in society.

      • CookieGugglemanFleck

        Romanticizing happens in the mind of the viewer. The photographer has simply chronicled or documented his experiences. And these humans have every right to be seen as any others. Not taking their photos will not make teen problems go away.

      • E Tee

        Im thoroughly enjoying this discussion and the work that inspired it. They certainly have the right to be seen, equally i have the right to question them.
        I disagree that romanticizing happens solely in the viewer. Id say that this work objectively shows one side of them. It pictures their vulnerability, it shows their adventurousness and their justified rebelliousness. But it doesnt show them being aggressors in a situation, nor does it show their prejudices. I think this work selectively showed images to empathize with them.

    • Guest

      You sound like a slave.

    • CookieGugglemanFleck

      One has nothing to do with the other–your personal feelings about “train kids” doesnt effect the quality of the photos, which I think are spectacular.

    • Ester Chuang

      What’s amazing about these pics is that we get to have a glimpse of an alternative lifestyle that few people have the courage to live. Regardless of weather this lifestyle is being glorified by the photographer or not, the photos can inspire some people who are too stuck in their routines to do more with the freedom they have.

    • mr anonymous…

    • Abby

      Excuse you, sounds like you’re the privileged one, you also sound horribly unhappy. How’s that job going for you? Sounds like it made you pretty bitter.

      I grew up with absolutely nothing and a single addict parent. I didn’t know how to get a license or a job or anything and the idea of a normal life was so daunting that the thought of it made me depressed. I was afraid I couldn’t survive in society like everyone else and every time I tried I would fall back on nothing and no one to help me. I’ve met people like those in the photos and they are some of the most beautiful people I know.

      You CANNOT logically judge someone you know nothing about.

  • fart

    I just wanna know what is happening in the second image. That brown liquid does not look healthy to be submerged in.

  • rye

    beautiful ! golden light. i wonder if he shot any night photography of this stuff i wanna see this guy interviewed hear his stories.

  • Caroline Augusta

    Well doesn’t this just make all the average folk feel like living a little

  • CookieGugglemanFleck

    Amazing photos. Fascinating that this was his only project and now he’s a diesel mechanic.

    • Jim King

      I guess those other people see him as a real poser now. Or maybe, since they all looked pretty young, they were all posers. It’s a life you might enjoy in your late teens and in your twenties, but imagine it for life…

  • Greg Whisenhunt

    God i bet those people smelled bad.

  • Greg Whisenhunt

    …very interesting subject matter though, and nice photography.

  • hotpulp

    Hey Jeff you should post more artwork that provokes comments beyond ‘Nice!’ And ‘Amaaaazing!’

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  • Kelli Jerome

    Let’s keep talking about the art here and not judge the content in a way that degrades it. These are well captured images with a story in each one. It is difficult to shoot a good body of documentary work – easy to capture one or two that are well shot – but this many is hard to do. There was dedication to the project.. Use of light, movement, space, and participation in these images makes these all examples of strong photography. This was obviously a committed project regardless of whose life it reflects.

  • Tawny

    this is so amazing oh man


    How could I find out if Mike Brodie had any pics of Dogman Tony that I could forward to his blood sista. She would be thrilled since there are not many that she has. Also he passed 2 yrs. ago, rip, John. Thx. Pat.

  • I really liked the photos ..

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