Hello, I’m Ruth Davey – founder and director of Look Again. As well as being a photographer, I’m also a facilitator, project manager, visionary, collaborator, author, fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and mum.
With 28 years experience as a project manager, facilitator, trainer, and coach in international, community and business development in London, Africa, Bristol and Gloucestershire, I founded Look Again in 2012 to bring all my skills and interests together with photography to help improve the health and wellbeing of people and planet.
Having used photography, mindfulness and walking in nature in my own recovery from mental health difficulties, I decided to put my experience to good use, and to build the next phase of my career collaborating with a wide range of clients to share my vision for a greener, fairer and healthier world. Clients include Canon, The National Trust, Kevin McCloud’s HabHousing, The Green Party, Gloucestershire County Council, Extinction Rebellion… see workshops, training, and commissions pages for case studies and testimonials.
I trained in participatory photography with the globally respected charity PhotoVoice. I’ve completed mindfulness courses and practice mindfulness daily. I have a certificate in Mental Health First Aid. In 2018 I was accepted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
I now spend my days helping others connect, look again, and see the world with fresh eyes, using photography, mindfulness, nature and visual storytelling.
My journey with photography started when my father gave me a camera, aged 11. At 21, while researching sustainable tourism in Kenya for my degree, my beloved analogue SLR camera was stolen at gunpoint by Somali bandits! It’s a tale involving malaria, no money, drunken policemen, crazy driving... but that’s a story for another time!
It wasn’t until 2000, while travelling in Mali with a sculptor and a photographer, exploring the relationship between belief systems and the arts, that I realised I wanted to be a photographer myself – and it’s there my journey began.
I’ve always been happiest outdoors (with or without my camera) and feel nourished by time alone in nature. I believe in simplicity, equality, integrity, peace and reflection – and I’m lucky enough to have built my business to share these values with my clients.
Have a look at the mindfulness photography workshops, courses, training, photography commissions and talks I offer, or get in touch to talk about working together. I would love to hear from you.
A bit more about me and Look Again…
I co-create with like-minded photographers, filmmakers, therapists, health and wellbeing practitioners, coaches and other specialists. Please get in touch if you have a collaborative idea or project opportunity. I currently offer retreats with my co-creator Lynsey Wellington from Gloucestershire Mindfulness.
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.
I am currently a member of Gloucestershire’s Good Mental Health Group and the Tackling Mental Health Stigma Group, and a member of the Steering Committee for MHELO (Mental Health Experience Led Opportunities). I am a Director of Make It Studios, a co-working space in Stroud where Look Again is based. I contribute photographs and visioning work to the Extinction Rebellion movement that is gaining exponential support from people of walks of life around the world. I’m also very honoured to be a member of the Creativity and Media Constellation of global organisation Rising Women Rising World.
An ethical business
I established Look Again to reflect my values and love for both people and the planet. Look Again is powered by renewable energy. I bank with the Cooperative Bank, and all stationery is printed on 100% recycled, post-consumer waste or FSC-certified paper. I cycle or use the train whenever possible, and recycle all office paper, equipment, cardboard and cartridges. This is not enough however…
I am working through what more I can offer in light of the emergency we are all facing regarding the affects of climate collapse. I am developing a new area of work on how to use photography as a tool for re-visioning and adapting to the uncertain future that we are facing.
If you would like me to run a workshop or talk at your event, festival or campaign, on how to use photography to imagine and create a new story for the future, please get in touch.