Photographer Damon Casarez's latest series, 'Boomerang Kids,' paints a compassionate narrative of millennials trying to achieve independence in an unforgiving world, rife with economic crises. Today, one in five individuals in their 20s and 30s live with their parents. Casarez relates to their struggle, having moved back home to cope with an astronomical post-grad debt. With the transition between teenager and adult no longer linear, this series aims to capture the strange limbo between the two phases.
The decision to move back home is surrounded by pressing questions and concerns. Is this a necessary financial move or a way of delaying real independence -- the kind that doesn't have a safety net? Should one feel embarrassed about their current condition, or is it an inevitable reality of the turbulent economic tides?
Rather than making his subjects seem pathetic, Casarez's images portray them with courage, fortitude and strength.