Title – Hear, See, Feel, Evil
Originally from Te Aroha, Mahia Jermaine Dean is now based in Auckland where he is currently attending the Raffles College of Commerce and Design, completing a diploma in photography and design specialising in post-production and image manipulation.
As a young openly gay Maori man – Dean’s emerging practice examines the duality of his sexual identity. Dean’s work is influenced heavily by social dislocation and shows many of his photo subjects in hyper-real and fantasy like environments.
This series of images is about 3 different transgenders posing as 3 different fictional characters. I wanted to look at their influence on men as a transgendered person. With many young trans people it is common for some men to ‘use and abuse’ them.