In A Wonderland
She Lies

Creative Direction & Photography: Mena Assad
Art Direction & Styling: Ismail Thabet
Model: Ines Sawiris 

Shot on Portra 400 & Portra 800
Developed & Scanned at
The Darkroom Cairo

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in the Wonderland contained rebuttals for prevalent medical theories back then. Especially Sir James Crichton-Browne’s 1860 paper “Psychological Diseases in Early Life” which denounced the practice of “castle building” or daydreaming in Children. Carroll’s Alice in the Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking Glass alternatively advocated daydreaming, boredom, and imaginative flights as essential building blocks for creativity.

Inspired by Carroll’s approach to these concepts, “In A Wonderland She Lies” is a photographic series whose protagonist is modern day Alice, championing the forgotten virtues of boredom, dreaming away the days, departing on imaginative flights away from some mundane reality, in a Wonderland of her own creation she lies

“In a Wonderland [she lies], 
Dreaming as the days go by, 
Dreaming as the summers die:
Ever drifting down the stream- 
Lingering in the golden gleam-
Life, what is it but a dream?”