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Hello, I’m Ruth Davey – photographer, trainer, facilitator, coach, project manager, creative thinker, collaborator, fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, mother.

With 25 years’ experience of working in international community and business development in London, Africa and the South West, I founded Look Again in 2012 to 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 clients who share my vision for a greener, fairer and healthier world. 

I now spend my days helping others connect, look again, and see the world with fresh eyes, using techniques for photography and mindfulness.

Early days…

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 – 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 workshops, courses, workshops, 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…

Collaboration

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

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

I am currently a member of the Good Mental Health Group and the Tackling Stigma Group for Gloucestershire, and a member of the Steering Committee for MHELO (Mental Health Experience Led Opportunities).

An Ethical business

I established Look Again to reflect my values and love for the environment. 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. I am in the process of working through what more I can do in light of the emergency humanity and the planet are now facing regarding the affects of climate breakdown.