A shoot that had been in planning stages for quite some time finally rolled around in June… based on the inspiration that it was a Mad Hatters Tea Party for the Hatter and his friends… with the food and drinks being more ‘adult’.
We had eight characters being portrayed by seven models… Mad Hatter, Alice, Blue Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, Red Queen, White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee being played by the same person and composited with the magic of Photoshop. Five photographers from The Darkroom Mark Busittil, Pio Marcelaine, Deanne Holmer, Suzanne Balding and myself took part in the shoot, working different areas of the room with different characters.
Props were being made behind the scenes in the weeks leading up… cakes were made.. lights set up… makeup, hair and body paint started early with touch ups happening as the day went on… our models were made up off site and the Cheshire cat did get some odd looks as people drove beside her as she headed to the location.
We’re all vulnerable. Mix the wrong feelings together, the right kind of bad with the wrong kind of good, and you’ll wind up with a total breakdown… The Blue Caterpillar, Alice S1Ep2
“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked. “Oh you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.” Lewis Carroll, Through The Looking Glass
It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” Alice, Lewis Carroll,
There is a place. Like no place on Earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger! Some say to survive it: You need to be as mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am – The Hatter, Alice In Wonderland 2010
“Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit: Sometimes, just one second.” Lewis Carrol, Alice In Wonderland
“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ― The Red Queen, Lewis Carroll,
“Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, ‘if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.”― Lewis Carroll,
Photography by Bevlea Ross
Blue Caterpillar – John Lineham
Cheshire Cat – Haley Dee McHugh
Maddest Hatter – Doolzy
Red Queen – Simone – @simonadimitrova
Tweedledum & Tweedledee – Aiden Jones
White Rabbit – Vivian Tran
Concept and Styling
Deanne Holmer Studios
Shot on location at Seddon Deadly Sins, Seddon, Victoria