Back in July, BuzzFeed commissioned me to shoot a series of portraits of D/deaf student, Dean Kamitsis. A film student at UCLAN, Dean has struggled to gain access to teaching that is appropriate to his needs; he often sits through lectures and film screenings with poor subtitles (or no subtitles at all).
I spent a couple of hours photographing Dean. We spoke about how his disability affects his life at University and beyond, as well as the intricacies of D/deaf culture- which I am somewhat ashamed to say I was woefully ignorant of prior.
Here are a few pictures from the day that the BuzzFeed Editorial Team didn’t use in the end.
You can read more about Dean, and Elena Paolini, a 21-year-old student at the University of Westminster, here.