Ruth Davey

I am a photographer, facilitator, coach, project manager, creative thinker, collaborator, mother.

Look Again brings together my love of photography with 20 years’ experience of project management and facilitation to offer what is a pretty unique photography business.

I studied Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, focusing on the social, economic, political and cultural relationships between the global North and South. This led me to work with NGOs, asylum seekers and refugees, international students, artists, inner city businesses, and regeneration organisations in London, Africa and Bristol.

I was made redundant in 2004 and set up my own business ‘Flair’, offering project management and facilitation to my wide network in Bristol.

In 2006, it was time for a change and I moved to Stroud in Gloucestershire with my son. I attended a facilitated course of Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’ and rediscovered my love of photography. At the end of the course I knew that I wanted to work as a photographer. I gradually developed my skills and ideas and launched Look Again in 2012.

Much of my work as a photographer brings together my love of people and planet. I use photography as a tool to make a positive difference and to help others see their life, work and world differently.

I developed my mindful and therapeutic approach to photography when I experienced mental health challenges some time back. I have lived experience of using photography, mindfulness and being in nature as part of my own road to recovery and now want to share the benefits of this approach with others.

I am happiest when outdoors (with or without my camera), am nourished by spending time alone in nature, travel whenever I get a chance, live simply and believe in the importance of stillness and reflection in my life.

Collaborate

I work with like-minded photographers, filmmakers, therapists, health practitioners, coaches and other specialists.

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My values

My values are important to me. I believe in simplicity, equality, integrity, peace and looking after the earth. I aim to have these values at the heart of Look Again.

Keep it simple

It’s business in a bag for Look Again! I use a professional camera and a couple of lenses and only buy new kit when I absolutely have to. I use natural light and I’m not into gadgets.

Give back

Look Again currently supports the Eradicating Ecocide Global Initiative.

Source ethically

Power comes from renewable energy. The phone line and broadband come from the Phone Coop. I bank with the Cooperative Bank. Stationery is printed on 100% recycled post-consumer waste or on FSC-certified paper when cost does not allow. I cycle or use the train, when timescales, access to public transport and photography kit allows! I recycle all office paper, equipment, cardboard and cartridges.