My work with transgender people is definitely leaving behind the literal ideas of transgenderness and moving into a fluid area of personal identity, aspirations and sense of self. This was a wonderful insight into a community that looked towards anime for comfort and inspiration. I have contacted some Facebook groups, but to no avail – I feel this may be something to work on in the future when I have finished my university deadlines.
It was something I had never thought to research into, but the more I create work for my transgender project, the more I realise, the concepts of self and gender, on a psychological level, draw very blurry lines between reality and imagination. Our idea of self only exists in our mind, it is not something we can touch or quantify.
A photograph cannot do this, and this is why I am looking into other forms of creativity such as writing and painting to co-exist along with my photographs to give a richer idea of identity and gender.
Further research into the connection between Anime and Gender