In his photo series, “Ridin’ Dirty Face,” Mike Brodie (aka The Polaroid Kidd) crisscrossed the country riding the rails, capturing raw pictures of young hobos, grimy, tattoed, romantic 21st-century gypsies.
The series also includes candids of the inhabitants of a small seaside town in Maine where a group of runaway middle-class kids live off the grid in their own constructed universe, dressed in cast-off clothes, infiltrating makeshift dwellings and turning them into artful homes.
Like Larry Clark, Brodie immerses himself in the lifestyle so his subjects open up to the camera, disregard it, don’t see it as a voyeuristic intrusion. His work will be on display at Needles & Pens in San Francisco from August 3rd through the 30th.
Another online Polaroid site, PolaNoir sells artist-created high quality Lambda prints of Polaroid originals in limited editions of 47. Each print is 147 Euros. Some of the artists include Filippo Centenari who manipulates the Polaroid surface so it looks like a painting. Or Grant Hamilton‘s minimal abstractions. PolaNoir also has offline galleries in Vienna, Barcelona and Berlin. The owner of the site, who remains anonymous, describes the Polaroid SX-70 as “an instant camera that took the heart of our analogue passion by storm.”