21 January, 2014
A Period of Juvenile Prosperity by Mike Brody [Nick, Central City Library]
The depictions of free-wheeling camaraderie, and the lonely beauty of the itinerant lifestyle could easily slip into romanticism, but for Brody's candid depictions of the adversity he encounters. Here, weathered youths with drawn and pallid faces make their squats amidst the rusted hulks of dirty carriages, scavenging food amidst rail-side detritus, a coal heap for a bed, a battered copy of The Rum Dairy for a pillow.
The emotional tenderness of Brody's work stands as testament to his total emersion in the lifestyle. The images are highly subjective and communicate a powerful authenticity of experience I often find lacking in contemporary art. There is no pretense in Brody's work, for him the journey is the destination, deeply felt and lovingly photographed.
Title: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity
Author: Mike Brody
Publisher: Santa Fe, N.M : Twin Palms.