A Period of Juvenile Prosperity


A very apt title for the photographs Mike Brodie has to show, after spending four years on the road travelling across the United States.

He did what we all dream of doing on most days – travel across the country by train, make new friends along the way, and live with a certain abandon that you tend to lose the older and more cynical you grow.

With an inspiration drawn from ‘old-school American values mixed with a little punk-rock idealism’ as he calls it, this is what he came up with.

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An accidental artist as he considers himself, Brodie has now stopped making photographs and sees his future in being a diesel mechanic. While that does explain his attachment to trains, I’m hoping the success of his recent publication and exhibitions will make him change his mind.

But more importantly this makes me question what makes ‘better’ art – living an interesting story, seizing an opportunity, or having genuine talent? I guess you do need all three, but if you have talent, you can probably make genius pictures without getting out of bed today.

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