Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in beautiful natural surroundings in Stroud, the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Bristol and other parts of the UK.

Slow down and use photography, mindfulness, and walking to look again at the world around you. Take notice in the present moment and learn to look and really see. Experience the opposite of 'snapping away'. Learn to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, and improve your wellbeing at the same time.

On Look Again workshops, you discover how to look and see differently, before going on a gentle walk around the chosen venue, creating photos in a calm and mindful way. Exploring themes such as colour, texture, form, light, reflection, the ordinary, and your relationship with the natural and built environment, you develop your creativity and learn to see so much more. You use your vision and photography as a way of becoming more aware of the present moment which helps to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing.

The photography side of things is kept simple, low tech and fun. You can use any device you choose - a mobile phone, tablet or digital camera. Workshops are suitable for all abilities. I advise about technical aspects if required, but the focus is very much on looking and seeing. You do not need previous experience of mindfulness. 

See below for current workshops at New Brewery Arts, Rococo Garden, Arnos Vale Cemetery, Wild and Well Festival, Westonbirt Arboretum, and Slimbridge WWT.

 

If you would like me to run a workshop at a venue of your choice, please do give me a call on 07789 958895 or email ruth@look-again.org. I am always looking for new opportunities and love to travel around the UK and beyond!

 

 Mindfulness photography walk to Cirencester Park from Brewery Arts

Mindfulness photography walk to Cirencester Park from Brewery Arts

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester, the Cotswolds

Look Again Photography: See with Fresh Eyes

Thu 13 Sep & Tue 23 oct 2018 10:30am to 3:00pm

Cost: £80

 Looking again at Rococo Garden, Painswick, Cotswolds

Looking again at Rococo Garden, Painswick, Cotswolds

Rococo Garden, Painswick, nr Stroud

Mindful Photography workshop: See Rococo garden with Fresh Eyes

Sunday 7 October 2018 10:30am to 3:00pm

Cost: £65. Only 10 places. Book now!

 Looking again at life with mindful photography at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Looking again at life with mindful photography at Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol

Discover a mindful approach to the art of photography in this peaceful place. 

Thu 18 Oct, Fri 25 Jan 2019,  Thu 25 Apr 2019, Thu 11 Jul 2019

10:30 - 15:00

Cost: £65. Only 10 places. Book now! 

It was good to be at Arnos Vale cemetery - it’s a very evocative place and perfect for the workshop. It encouraged me to take time to focus in on things; to consider things in detail; to relax and enjoy the process of taking photos rather than stress about the camera etc.
— Jill Humphrey
 Appreciating the beauty of colour and texture of leaves at Westonbirt Arboretum

Appreciating the beauty of colour and texture of leaves at Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum, Nr Tetbury in the Cotswolds

Look Again at Autumn. discover the art of looking and seeing

13 October 2018 

10:30 - 16:00

Cost: £95. Only 10 places. Book now!

I really enjoyed the photography workshop at Westonbirt Arboretum. It showed me how to look at things from a different perspective. It has shown me to slow down and really look rather than just point and shoot.
— J. Wright
 Slow down to look again at Ashton Court at the Wild and Well Festival, Bristol

Slow down to look again at Ashton Court at the Wild and Well Festival, Bristol

Wild and Well Festival, Ashton Court, Bristol 

Mindful Photography for Wellbeing

20 October 2018 

Part of the Explore strand of the Wild And Well festival, empowering people to connect with nature and the outdoors through a diverse programme of events in the city centre and on the beautiful Ashton Court Estate. Wild & Well is a new style of wellbeing festival for anyone who wants to live in a healthier, happier, more connected way. Festival tickets info here.

 Sharing creative mindfulness photography at Slimbridge WWT 

Sharing creative mindfulness photography at Slimbridge WWT 

Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Nr Stroud, Gloucestershire

Slow Down and See Slimbridg with Fresh Eyes

New dates for 2018 and 2019 Coming soon

 Japanese Knotweed on the banks of the Stroud Water Canal

Japanese Knotweed on the banks of the Stroud Water Canal

Stroud Water Canal Workshops, Make It Studios

Mindful photography courses exploring the Stroudwater canal 

Autumn 2018 and 2019 TBc

 

Happy clients

“I loved it - a great way to unwind, look at the everyday in a whole new way. The pedestrian becomes extraordinary.”
— Nicky Connors
Such a lovely workshop, bringing together two areas I feel really passionate about – basic techniques of mindfulness and photography. I have always found photography relaxing but maybe not realised why. Now I will be able to build on this and enjoy my hobby even more. 
— Hannah Bemand
During the afternoon at Westonbirt, I took some photos that normally would be outside of my comfort zone. The light made the colours pop! I loved the environment. Each time I do one of these workshops with Ruth, I see things differently or see things that I would not normally notice. 
— Paula Jones
A good reminder to slow down and make each photo count or mean something. The workshop reminded me to see the beauty in things I would normally walk past and not notice.
— Marcus Clark
I loved the workshop - the breathing and mindfulness was very calming and really helped me to see things from a new perspective. I will take away the need to pause and look again before I start to take photos.
— Jason Conway
I saw things I wouldn’t have noticed. Looking closely paradoxically linked me to the wider world and current issues.
— Lizzie Baker
Very enjoyable. Made me look at different aspects and surroundings before taking photos.
— Elaine Proverbs
It reminded me of the beauty to be found in stopping, looking closely at the unexpected. Such an important starting point for finding more happiness.
— Jennifer Barton
“It has shown me the photographic possibilities and mental health benefits of slowing down and looking carefully.”
— Mike Walsh
Great to take ‘time’ and slow down. It stopped me getting click happy.
— Jenny Smith
“Seeing the photo has always been my difficulty and this Look Again workshop helped me.”
— David Calvert
“Fantastic. Different perspective. An opening of the Eyes.”
— Simon Hunter

Past Look Again workshops and courses

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Connect with New Eyes, Stroud Community Farm, Hawkwood College, Nr Stroud

FIND DEEP CONNECTION TO NATURE THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY. In collaboration with Peter Gill, Living Focusing

Sat 30 June 10:00-4:00

Cost: £75