Polaroid Kidd is one of those great examples when the instant camera was used according to its true meaning, to capture an instant fleeing moment and imprint it on one of a kind object, a relic that can be treasured lately.
This guy, Mike Brodie aka the Polaroid Kidd, decided to hop trains and travel all across the United States, with a community of hobos, strong personalities with distinct features and ragged clothes. He captured their portraits and their loved objects on Polaroid film, the rusted but strong palette of colours of the film managing to underline their life on the road, when things get dusted and battered, hair gets messy and clothes are matched in crazy, but distinctive patterns.
Object are part of our life, and we tend to give them connotations, tie them to our loved ones, or just to fleeting moments in life. We love objects and their meaning, and we also love how they are connected with the characters of Mike’s Polaroids.
The photos shown below were taken and saved from the Polaroid Kidd blog/website, when it was open. We were fascinated by it, but it is now closed, although you can check Mike’s website in which the same journey is captured, albeit not on the great Time Zero Polaroid film. There are also books, here, please check them out. What is even more fascinating is the Polaroid Kidd decided to drop photography altogether and to work as locomotive mechanic, a great continuation of his youth crazy experience of jumping trains.
Some great interviews and articles with him below:
Framework in Los Angeles Times