This is a series of photographs of young farmers in America.
What I thought was interesting is that one of the couples had to buy used farm equipment for use on a small family farm because the farm equipment being produced today is for huge farms.
In these huge farms is there any connection to the earth? Do the people driving these large machines get their hands covered in dirt?
Are they aware of the bugs and the rodents that exist?
Is the landscape on a huge farm bugless and birdless? Does an atmosphere of silence reign when the engine of a huge machine stops?
As the comments for each photograph suggests, these young farmers cannot even afford health insurance or even paying off their loans, or even the opportunity to afford a farm.
I remember being told that modern agricultural practices were the wonder of the world, that these practices would “feed the world”. But this has not happened, the huge farms with their huge machines and their monoculture are all functioning towards creating profit.
What is lost is an intimacy with the land, an enjoyment in the interaction and expression with and as the land. No consideration to enjoy being here, one and equal with what is here, realizing, in equality what is best for all.
These small farmers probably spend most of their time worrying about how they are ever going to afford health insurance.
Is this life?