18-Year-Old Train Hops For 5 Years And Captures The Whole Thing On Camera

A Reluctant Photographer

A Reluctant Photographer

You might be familiar with reluctant photographer Mike Brodie. Then again, you may not have heard of his adventures.

In which case, you're in for a treat!

5 Years On The Tracks

5 Years On The Tracks

In 2004, when Mike was just eighteen years old, he left the comforts of home and hit the road. And by "road" what we actually mean is the "tracks".

The youngster then spent the next five whole years as a train hopper!

Just The Polaroid

Just The Polaroid

Armed with his Polaroid, Brodie created these amazingly unique images of the dirty, grimy, and romantic life of someone who lives their life engaging in this crazy lifestyle and travel method we all thought had ceased to exist years ago.

A Rare Angle

A Rare Angle

Most people don't even know that this world exists anymore, but as Mike's photos illustrate, he isn't the only one doing it...

Through his dirty half-decade, Mike saw most of the United States, and from a very rare angle indeed!

What's In The Future?

What's In The Future?

This rare angle created truly remarkable and equally rare photographs.

These images have earned Mike fame and have helped make his career, and so it might be surprising to learn of his attitude towards photography and his plans for the future.

Not Big On Photography

Not Big On Photography

According to The Guardian, even after receiving accolades and critical acclaim from the likes of American art critics like Vince Aletti, he really doesn't care that much for the lens.

He's "really not that big on photography," he he said.

A Free Spirit

A Free Spirit

You've really got to say that Mike is something of a true free spirit. I mean, with all the accolades and the potential to craft a career off the back of these images, he seems more interested in doing things his own way.

"I have mixed feelings about the photographs being in an art book and on the walls of art galleries," he said, according to The Guardian, who also reported that, right now, he's happy to work away in anonymity as an auto mechanic.