Eye-Opening Photos Of Folks Who Illegally Hop Trains Across America

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Photographer Mike Brodie, also known as The Polaroid Kidd, began photographing his travels in 2004, taking thousands of photos of people illegally riding freight trains during his five-year project. The photos are extremely intimate, showing the hidden world that exists along the rails.

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Brodie began shooting his photos for the series, titled A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, with an old Polaroid SX-70, but switched to an 80s Nikon two years later. You can also purchase Brodie's book of the same name.

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The photos are courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery and Mike Brodie.

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Our world is powered by nuclear and coal steam engines.

We have pirates once again roaming the high seas.

The Soviet Union is on the rise.

There are crusaders and caliphates in the middle east.

There are still people hitching trains like its the 1930s.

There are robots on Mars, and our cities are look like neon fluorescent dreams.

You ever get the impression we live not in a place, but in a convergence of time?