Today, the average farmer in The United States is 57 years old, yet there is a growing exodus of educated 20- and 30-somethings who have opted to live in the country and work on farms rather than seek more traditional work in cities. This series, Between Forest and Field, focuses on this new breed of farmer living and working in the Hudson River Valley area of New York. The portraits subvert the traditional image of the farmer as a person toughened by work and coarsened by a challenging life, stuck on a farm with no way out. My work explores a small but important aspect of youth culture that is looking for ways to build a saner, healthier life for themselves and their families while providing healthy, locally-grown food for their communities.
Daniel Handal earned a BS in Applied Sciences from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1994. His photographic work explores subcultures, unique communities, and those living on the fringes of society. Handal’s work has been shown in group exhibitions at Planet Connections Theatre Festivities, The Center, the Museum of Sex , C.C.C.P. Gallery, and the Peter Madero Gallery (all in New York City). He has also been exhibited internationally at MKII (London, UK), the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney, Australia), and Studio Thomas Kellner (Siegen, Germany). He has been an artist in residence at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and his work is part of a permanent collection at The Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, New York. Daniel Handal was an artist in residence at CPW in 2009.