Bring­ing Hope to Hos­pi­tal Pa­tients: The Foun­da­tion for Photo/art

The Foun­da­tion for Photo Art

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There is grow­ing sci­en­tific ev­i­dence which con­firms that cer­tain types of art, such as sooth­ing na­ture im­ages, can ac­tu­ally re­duce pain, anx­i­ety and stress. Based on this knowl­edge an in­creas­ing num­ber of hos­pi­tals are dec­o­rat­ing their walls with art as a way to en­hance the well-be­ing and re­cov­ery process of their pa­tients.

Elaine Poggi is an ex­tra­or­di­nary na­ture pho­tog­ra­pher who lives in ,taoy , ᦐrvt mht hhr Zhhn , VHRYHG as a ju­ror for the an­nual Man­hat­tan Arts In­ter­na­tional “The Heal­ing Power of Art” ex­hi­bi­tion and VHOHFTHG onh oi hhr H[xehrant ᦑo­rao pho­to­graphs for the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The artist, who has been us­ing her taohnt to VSRHAG thh hhaoinj EHNHᦐTV of art through­out the world, ex­plains: “I have been given a gift: I am aware of and can see the world’s beauty all around me. I cap­ture this beauty with my cam­era, and then my great­est joy is to share it with those Zho arh Vxffhrinj in hov­si­taov ܣ

When Poggi vis­ited her mother in

the hos­pi­tal while she was be­ing treated for non-hodgkins lym­phoma, she couldn’t help but no­tice how dreary the hos­pi­tal was and the neg­a­tive im­pact this had on pa­tients, em­ploy­ees and vis­i­tors. So she brought her beau­ti­ful na­turein­spired pho­to­graphs to make her mother’s room more cheer­ful.

In 2002, af­ter she lost her mother to cancer, she trans­formed her grief into a hu­man­is­tic world­wide cam­paign and launched The Foun­da­tion for Photo/art in Hos­pi­tals. As a liv­ing trib­ute to hhr mothhr thiv non Sroᦐt SXEOIFOY sup­ported or­ga­ni­za­tion is ded­i­cated to plac­ing col­or­ful, sooth­ing pho­to­graphs of na­ture in hos­pi­tals. The Foun­da­tion’s mes­sage is “Hu­man­iz­ing Hos­pi­tals Through Heal­ing Photo Art.”

Poggi is proud to say that since its in­cep­tion 13 years ago, the Foun­da­tion has placed more than 5,000 na­ture pho­tos in more than 300 health­care fa­cil­i­ties on seven con­ti­nents. The sub­jects in the pho­to­graphs range from vi­brant and FOOORIXO ᦑo­raov to SHAFHIXO trosi­fao beaches and the glo­ri­ous Tus­can hills.

When speak­ing about how art pos­i­tively en­hances pa­tients’ lives, Poggi em­pha­sizes: “White, cold, ster­ile walls ex­em­plify the tra­di­tional hos­pi­tal set­ting, where stress, pain, fear and lone­li­ness abound. Star­ing at these walls is bor­ing and depressing. Stud­ies show that natxrh art hav a EHNHᦐFIAO Hffhft on RHOIHYINJ a Sati­h­n­tܟv VTRHVV and anx­i­ety. The mood changes when our beau­ti­ful na­ture pho­tos are placed on the walls, pro­vid­ing color, com­fort and hope to pa­tients, care­givers and loved ones.”

Through the Foun­da­tion’s Contributing Pho­tog­ra­phers Pro­gram, Poggi in­vites pho­tog­ra­phers from around the world to sub­mit their art work for place­ment in hos­pi­tals. One pho­tog­ra­pher who par­tic­i­pates in the pro­gram is Roberta Lon­don, whose macro pho­to­graphic im­ages FASTXRH thh OIIH af­firminj Vsirit oi )Oori­gaܟv Eri­ooiantoy FOOORHG ᦑOZHRV I am hon­ored that she is also mem­ber of the Man­hat­tan Arts In­ter­na­tional Fea­tured Artists Pro­gram. Lon­don is grate­ful to be a part of the Foun­da­tion’s pro­gram and states: “Elaine Poggi’s vi­sion, lead­er­ship and ac­com­plish­ments in bring­ing heal­ing art to hos­pi­tals are ex­tra­or­di­nary. The Foun­da­tion for Photo/art in Hos­pi­tals has clearly touched the lives of thou­sands of peo­ple around the world. As a Contributing Pho­tog­ra­pher to the Foun­da­tion, it is a priv­i­lege to be even a small part of a grand work.”

Poggi serves as a shin­ing ex­am­ple of how to turn be­reave­ment into a trib­ute to honor a loved one and bring pur­pose to one’s life. As she ex­plains: “I have met so many peo­ple and cre­ated amaz­ing friend­ships through the years with pa­tients, their fam­i­lies, vol­un­teers, doc­tors, nurses, hos­pi­tal aux­il­iary mem­bers and hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tors. It was been very re­ward­ing for me to see how my pho­tos and the pho­tos of our Contributing Pho­tog­ra­phers hayh magh a Giffhrhnfh in thh OIYHV of these peo­ple. I can’t think of any­thing that I would rather be do­ing!”

The Foun­da­tion for Photo/art in Hos­pi­tals ac­cepts tax-de­ductible do­na­tions. Pho­tog­ra­phers who want to learn how to con­trib­ute their art to thh )oxn­ga­tion ZIOO ᦐng GHTAIOV on the web­site.

Visit The Foun­da­tion for Photo/art in Hos­pi­tals’ web­site:

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This ar­ti­cle is an adap­ta­tion of an ar­ti­cle I wrote: “Art in Hos­pi­tals Aids The Heal­ing Process”

ABOVE Pho­to­graph by Roberta Lon­don, one of the par­tic­i­pants in the Foun­da­tion’s Pro­gram

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