A photographer based in the South West of England has captured some stunning photographs of her daughter, Alice.
Alice has Down syndrome.
Sian Davey, a mother of four, was initially in shock when she discovered that Alice was going to be born an “imperfect” baby. She struggled with the thought of raising a daughter with Down syndrome. She thought about how people might treat her differently, and she began internalizing Alice’s physical and mental development.
But soon enough, everything changed.
Davey explains in her own words how she came to realize that Alice is just like anyone else.
It was not what I had expected. . . I was fraught with anxiety that rippled through to every aspect of my relationship with her. My anxieties penetrated my dreams. I dreamt that Alice was swaddled in a blanket and that I had forgotten all about her. I unwrapped the tight bundle that she was nestled in, to feed her, only to discover that she was covered in a white fluid—a fluid of neglect; and yet I was unable to feed her, unable to respond to her basic needs.
After considering the circumstances, Alice’s mother became aware that she “had to dig deep into my own prejudices and shine a light on them.”
When she was finally able to cope with her feelings about her youngest daughter having an extra chromosome, her “fear dissolved. I fell in love with my daughter. We all did,” she says on her website.
In the above photo series titled, Looking for Alice, Davey captures her curious, sweet daughter just living in the moment. All of the images were taken either inside of their family home or someplace nearby.
All images: Sian Davey