When you think of young people hopping trains the images of are of the depression and the era of Woody Guthrie and Grapes of Wrath. Humming "This Land Is Your Land," most people today don't think of poverty but a romantic view that never really holds up to serious scrutiny.
Now there is a new generation of young 'train hoppers' and it is steeped in poverty, homelessness, hunger and sadness. Business Insider reports about the work of Mike Brodie who traveled 50,000 miles through 46 states by hopping trains. Along the way he took thousands of Polaroid pictures and also some with a 35mm camera.
His new book A Period of Juvenile Prosperity is available on Amazon.com
Brodie left home at seventeen with few possessions and his camera. Here are some photographs from his travels through the courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.