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Ruth Davey, Look Again

Look Again brings together my love of photography with 25 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, West Africa and Bristol. I founded and ran the arts and education organisation, artXchange, in The Gambia.

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

In 2015 I co-wrote and published ‘The Art of Applewood’, a book celebrating the life of a piece of land in Stroud – once a hospital now a new eco housing development. Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs) wrote the foreword to the book.

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.

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