Sian Davey
  • <a href="http://www.trolleybooks.com/bookSingle.php?bookId=261" target="external">"Looking for Alice"</a> is a project by British photographer Sian Davey about her daughter Alice, who was born with Down syndrome, and their family. The book was published in December 2015 by Trolley Books. Alice watched as preparations for a ball took place in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey
  • Their journey as mother and daughter was not an instantly smooth and happy one: "I was deeply shocked when Alice was born as an 'imperfect' baby. I was fraught with anxiety that rippled through to every aspect of my relationship with her," said Davey. At the garden gate, Alice peeked over the fence in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey
  • "On reflection I saw that Alice was feeling my rejection of her and that caused me further pain. I saw that the responsibility lay with me; I had to dig deep into my own prejudices and shine a light on them. The result was that as my fear dissolved I fell in love with my daughter. We all did," said Davey. Alice with a painted face in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey
  • "My main worry is that Alice may never be fully welcomed and appreciated in a society where Down syndrome adults are largely absent; in particular I worry that she may fully understand this. My hope is, like any parents, that Alice finds her place and will always be surrounded by people that love and appreciate her," Davey told ABC News. Alice with her grandmother in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey
  • "The joys of parenting Alice are perhaps no different to my other children. I no longer identify with Down syndrome itself, but just Alice," Davey told ABC News. Alice sitting with a stranger in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey
  • "My family is a microcosm for the dynamics occurring in many other families. Previously as a psychotherapist I have listened to many stories and it is interesting that what has been revealed to me, after fifteen years of practice, is not how different we are to one another, but rather how alike we are as people," said Davey. Alice's grandmothers looked on as she opened presents in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey
  • Alice and Martha on Christmas morning in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey
  • An icy morning in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey
  • Alice resting while she recovers from a winter virus in Devon, England, circa 2014-2015.
    Sian Davey