The Edge of Light is a tale of two cities in one. Adam Ryder and Brian Rosa collaborated to document the fascinating story of Wendover, an area made up of roughly 5,000 people and split down the state line of Utah and Nevada. Established in 1906 as a maintenance stop on the Western Pacific Railroad, the tiny industrial town changed dramatically in 1931 when Nevada legalized gambling. The inaugural Stateline Casino was the first to be built and several others sprung up all along what became West Wendover. Today, the two locations are divided not just by political geography, but by population and wealth, the casino Wendover thriving while the other struggles. As the economy worsens, a great number of the Utah residents now cross the border to work in the casinos.
Mikey Billings, 29, Statesville, N.C.
Degree: B.A., Film studies, Full Sail University
Career Goal: Film or music industry
Current Job: Working part time at a malt shop
Student Loans: $80,000
Jacqueline Boubion, 30, Diamond Bar, Calif.
Degree: B.A. Communications, California State University, Fullerton
Career goal: Film director
Current job: Production assisting in commercials and music videos
Student Loans: None, but $22,000 in credit-card debt
According to the The New York Times Magazine, 1 in 5 people in their 20s and early 30s find themselves living with their parents. Photographer Damon Casarez contextualizes the struggle for independence in his series Boomerang Kids. Shot in 8 states and over 14 cities, the work is a revealing and compassionate story of Millennials in the United States. A recent graduate with an excessive amount of student loan debt himself, Casarez moved back in with his parents and was inspired to connect with others in his same situation. The perfect storm of economic crises places many young people in a surreal limbo of re-adolescence, the metamorphasis from teenager to independent adult no longer a straight line.