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New photo series captures gay millennial love in the digital age

A recent Gallup poll found that more and more millennials report being single and living alone–up from 52 percent in 2004 to 64 percent in 2014–despite still expressing “a significant desire for marriage.”

In his latest photo project, 22-year-old photographer Leo Chang explores what it means to be a gay millennial man trying to make meaningful connections in the age of social media.

“I do think the biggest challenge to intimacy is being so aware of oneself,” he tells the Advocate. “When you’re so aware of yourself, you just have less energy available to be present and to receive information about this other person with whom you might have a relationship.”

“I suspect that anyone who is social media–fluent develops a kind of self-awareness that I just don’t think previous generations had, or had to have, or knew how to have.”

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Chang’s subjects are mostly couples he knows who are close to his age and who have managed to successful cultivate romantic relationships both in thanks and in spite of the distractions of the digital age.

 

Chang hopes by highlighting these couples and the private moments of tenderness they share, he can help move other millennials closer to a world where love and intimacy, in all its forms, is not just accessible but also celebrated publicly.

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“It’s a slow process to make progress,” he says, “but change is possible. I already think there is a bridging of the gap, slowly, between what love can look like in private and what it can look like in public.”

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call me by your name, and i’ll call you by mine?? #35mm

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ok you two like… not fair? ? #millenniallove

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