Mike Brodie doesn’t have a telephone, so I asked someone who asked someone who asked Mike Brodie a few questions about how he taught himself to make such well-crafted photos when he had never trained as a photographer. Brodie answered, “The first camera I used was a Polaroid 600, then a Polaroid Spectra. Neither of these cameras were giving me the results I wanted, so I got the SX-70 Sonar One-Step, arguably one of the best cameras ever made. I still have that original camera, it's held together with tape and a bent paper clip. When I first started using it, each pack of Time-Zero film cost $15 dollars. I never was able to afford more than 2-3 packs at a time, so I had very few opportunities to get the right shot. When I would sit somebody down to do a portrait I would focus the camera over and over and over again, my face would start sweating and I would annoy the crap out of people. They didn't understand why it was taking so long, but I didn't want to waste film, I wanted to make sure the shot was just right. That same technique applied with 35mm film, and that's what taught me take good photos
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