About Dean Thorpe
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Who Is Dean Thorpe?
A photographer who hates going a single day without taking photos!
A poet, I love writing poetry, I find it a great way of releasing my feelings, something I need to do more!
A web designer, I used to run many web sites, most of which were 100% hand coded HTML, these days I cheat and use good software to do it for me and my only site is this one!
A very alternative person with bright hair, tattoos and piercings.
A voluntary worker, I have done voluntary work everywhere from mental health charities to zoo's!
A disabled person, see further down this page for more on that.
My real name is Dean Thorpe, I do go by a few nick names on various sites, but that is my real one.
I am male (Well I was last time I checked! lol), although to me gender is something that can be rather fluid! ;)
I am in my early 40's, but with the mind of an 18 year old (ok maybe an 8 year old sometimes!), but I seem to feel like a 80 year old!
Myers-Briggs Personality Type: INFP (“The Mediator”)
I'm a very open and honest person, anything you want to know, just ask!!!
Is Dean Thorpe Happy And Healthy?
I am physically Disabled (But still fighting it!), I have been like that ever since being hit by a car when I was just 17. I do have a wheelchair that I use when I really need to, most days I can just about get around using my crutches or my walker and on worse days I just normally stay in and rest my leg. I am currently waiting for BOTH hips to be replaced, this won't fix me, but should at least improve my quality of life
Can I walk without crutches? Yes, most days I can! but only a few feet before I would fall flat on my face or at least be in agony! 8o( On good days I can get around pretty well on the crutches, but I do have many bad days when I can't even get out of the flat :(
I am a type 2 Diabetic (Too much sweet stuff when I was younger), it is type 2 Diabetes and its controlled by LOTS of tablets, plus daily injections of Insulin too.
I have been diagnosed with EUPD / BPD, so be nice to me . . . or else!!! lol
I also have pretty serious Thyroid problems, Asthma etc. . . . basically if I was a horse I would have been put down years ago!
Does Dean Thorpe Have A Day Job?
These days everything I do is unpaid voluntary work, but not as much of that as I used to do. In the past I have facilitated support groups, taught photography, volunteered as a zookeeper to name a few of the volunteer jobs I've done. I do keep myself busy with my photography, working on this web site, writing poetry, drawing and other creative things like that. When I was younger and healthier I did various work including software development, working in a call centre and even working in McDonalds for a few weeks!!!
Dean Thorpe's Photography
I am a photographer and mad about photography (I do mostly digital these days, but I used to know my way around a darkroom too). I have had my photos in loads of magazines (including one cover picture!) both here in the UK, plus America and Poland!!! My photos have also been used by various books, newspapers, shown on TV and used on many web sites both with and without my permission! :(
I have also done well in photography competitions, winning the Rother Homes Photographer of the year and getting a commendation in a national photography competition organised by BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and winning lots and lots of online competitions.
I have photographed everything from kids parties to political protests!
There is only a very small selection of my work on here, but I plan to keep adding lots more! :)
Dean Thorpe's Poetry
I am also getting quite well known for my poetry, they have been used all over the world for many very different reasons! One even got used as a song for an American musical version of the Stephen King book Misery! My poems are a good way of really getting to know the real me.
Dean Thorpe's Hair???
One of the first things most people notice about me is my hair!
Natural colour: Dark brown (going a bit grey now! lol)
Colours it's been: Blonde, Pink, Red, Purple, Green, Blue, Pink and blue, Pink, blue and green, Red and green, Blonde with blue and pink (Harley Quinn style), proably a few others I can't remember!!!
What hair colour do I use: Directions, I have tried other makes, but I find Directions works best.
Who does my hair: I do my own, I have help a couple of times, but 90% of the time it's just me.
What colours do I have planned: I like the pink and blue, so often go back to that, but I'm always open to suggestions! I do want to do black and red one day, like Jared Leto in the 30STM video for From Yesterday. My head has even been shaved a few times!!!
I do like my look, I know it may scare some people off, but I do like that! People who know me always talk to me, but some strangers leave me alone and when I often suffer social anxiety I find that perfect! It doesn't always work like that, I had an lady sitting next to me in Eastbourne once, she kept looking at me and I was expecting her to make a negative comment, but she didn't! She did speak to me and said she had never felt a tattoo, could she touch mine please! I agreed of course and we had a really nice chat about tattoos, piercings etc. and how she wished it had been more acceptable for people, especially women to have them when she was younger! :)
Want To Know Even More About Dean Thorpe?
Just ask!!! I am a VERY open and honest person (it gets me into trouble sometimes!), as long as you don't want something silly like my bank PIN number, then the chances I will tell you the truth!!! :) BTW My PIN number is four digits long and all the numbers are between 0 and 9, see, I even answered that! lol