About us

Meet the Photolanguage team

Dr. Merav Devere, Founder

MeravI have over 30 years experience of Groupwork, Counselling, Supervision and Training. I am the director of Joint Diversity.
I first came across Photolanguage when I worked in the School for Peace near Jerusalem where we ran groupwork and seminars for Palestinian and Jewish youth. In that context the pictures were used to allow participants to talk about themselves, their experiences and their feelings. In the early 1990s, after I moved to the UK, with the help of a colleague and professional photographers we developed a new set of Photolanguage, which we have used in the UK in a variety of settings and projects including drug and alcohol, young people, housing and more. I have also started using it as therapeutic cards in my one to one counselling work.The current Photolanguage photographs and packs which are presented in this website are the result of the accumulated experience of all these years. It includes some of the old photographs and many new photographs taken by experienced multi-national photographers. It is the result of many months of hard work and numerous consultations with colleagues and photographers.

Debora Catavello, Web Consultant

DeboraI am a Front-End Developer and Digital Marketing Specialist.
In the past I have worked for Google and for several web agencies as a SEM (Search Engine Marketing) and SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) Specialist.
I specialise in HTML, CSS and Javascript. In addition, I provide services such as running Direct Email Marketing campaigns and web analytics.
Being involved in the Photolanguage project has been a very exciting experience.

Meet the photographers

Amalia Gold

Amalia“What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially”. Roland Barthes
I started taking pictures about 8 years ago and since then the camera has become my best friend. This friendship has given me moments of happiness and depth and colour that stay with me long after the ‘click’. With the camera and through the camera I have learned to see and feel. I learned about the journey and its significance, about nature and people. I have learned to look.

Melanie Law

Melanie LawI’m a keen photographer from Belfast and work for the BBC as a sound engineer. I’ve completed several courses this year at Belfast Exposed.
My interest in photography started at a young age but after years of neglect, I’ve recently got back into it again. I love taking shots with extreme perspectives and weird, abstract compositions which sometimes challenge people viewing my work. After years of concentrating on landscapes and architecture, I have been moving into taking more portrait shots, something I learnt from the courses I’ve done. As someone who loves to travel, I love trying to capture that moment in an image and trying to convey the atmosphere of a place.

Billie Rafaeli

BillieI studied photography at the City of London Polytechnic and the London College Of Printing.
I worked as photojournalist, documentary photographer, a photographer in  West End Theatres in London, and was a Still Photographer on Films sets.
All my pictures are genuine, authentic and show the things as they are.