Photographic Alphabet: Y is for Tagger Yancey IV

Photographic Alphabet: Y is for Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger and Isaac, McCarren Park © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger and Isaac, McCarren Park © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

I’ve Loved Some of These People

There are different ways of having a relationship. The preeminence of a heterosexual monogamous relationship is becoming more outdated, especially among the younger community. Still, polyamory is a sensitive and unfamiliar subject for most people.

Cat’s Ear, Maine © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Cat’s Ear, Maine © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

My former partner, Nick, and I were together for seven years. In the final year of our relationship, we found ourselves in stable relationships with a third person at two separate times. Each instance evolved naturally and organically. At a certain point, the time came to bring each into our lives, as a lover and a boyfriend.

Reflection, Crown Heights © 2016 Tagger Yancey IV

Reflection, Crown Heights © 2016 Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger and Kiwi, Polaroid © 2018 Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger and Kiwi, Polaroid © 2018 Tagger Yancey IV

The first, Issac, was patient, kind, and affectionate. Being with him felt right. He ended up breaking my heart, and now we’re friends.

In the summer, Nick introduced me to a handsome boy, also named Nick. What began as a series of sexual encounters slowly evolved into something deeper. We spent almost all of our time together, we called each other boyfriends, and we told each other “I love you.” Nick and Nick ended up together, and I’ve fallen in love with many people since.

Kiwi, My Room © 2018 Tagger Yancey IV

Kiwi, My Room © 2018 Tagger Yancey IV

Lake Ontario, Sunrise © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Lake Ontario, Sunrise © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Nick, Skagway Trail © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Nick, Skagway Trail © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger, Lake Ontario © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger, Lake Ontario © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

I believe there is no end to the amount of love that someone can provide. There isn’t a one-person limit to what I can give, and I’ve loved Nick, Isaac, Nick, and many others for different and similar reasons.

Tagger, Sodus Bay © 2018 Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger, Sodus Bay © 2018 Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger, Wood © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Tagger, Wood © 2017 Tagger Yancey IV

Zackariah, Rose © 2018 Tagger Yancey IV

Zackariah, Rose © 2018 Tagger Yancey IV

To see more of Tagger’s work, visit his website here

Art Out: Whitney Biennial 2019

Art Out: Whitney Biennial 2019

Art Out: Aperture Foundation's "Orlando," Curated by Tilda Swinton

Art Out: Aperture Foundation's "Orlando," Curated by Tilda Swinton