ADHD Alice


In February 2020, I went away with 16 other female photographers on a mini retreat, and took these self portraits because I couldn’t leave without using that perfectly Alice-esque red clock. 

In May 2020, a chance comment from a friend (from wizard school, ha!) on a zoom call sent me down the rabbit hole of ADHD in women, and in adults.

And in May 2021, I was diagnosed with combined type ADHD – to apparently no one’s surprise except mine!

It felt like the missing puzzle pieces of my life had slotted into place, and I finally had an explanation for some of my quirks, and feeling like I’d missed a memo on how to adult properly.

When I came to edit these shots in 2021 and 2022, taken on retreat just before the pandemic, they were intended to be part of my Modern Fairytale series.  I realised they illustrate how ADHD sometimes feels… and so ADHD Alice was born.

All The Hats

Time Blind

Betwixt and Between

Behind the scenes

I’d always intended to shoot my version of Alice at some stage, and as a self portrait. 

In February 2020, I went away with sixteen other female photographers for a retreat. We had no specific plans except a talk at each meal (mine was on multipoddery). 

Holly and I had both brought basically the entire contents of our studios and wardrobes with us, but I still didn’t hav ea clear plan until I spotted the glorious giant red pocketwatch hanging on the dining room wall. 

I found a corner of the garden, located my Alice/Night Circus dress (made for me for a wedding by Louise Rose Couture and awaiting its moment in the spotlight), and off I went. 

Not long after we came back, we were in lockdown – and all of us had the most surreal experiences editing our photos from the trip while looking at what the world around us had become. 

It wasn’t until 2022 that I named the series, and made the connection between ADHD and Alice. Though it’s very apt, as falling down rabbitholes of research is fairly inherent to the condition!

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