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Humanizing Hospitals Through Healing Photo Art

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Placing Healing Art Where It’s Needed Most

Nature images can help heal the soul, which in turn helps heal the body.

White, cold, sterile walls exemplify the traditional hospital setting, where stress, pain, fear and loneliness abound. Staring at these empty walls is boring and depressing. The mood changes when our beautiful nature photos are placed on the walls, providing color, comfort, and hope to patients, caregivers, and loved ones.

The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals was established in the USA in 2002 by photographer Elaine Poggi, who turned her personal tragedy of the loss of her mother into a worldwide campaign to bring photos of nature to hospitals.

Offering an extensive portfolio of nature photos ranging from tropical beaches to Japanese cherry blossoms to the Tuscan hills, donated by Elaine and other photographers from all corners of the world, the nonprofit Foundation seeks funding to cover printing, framing, and shipping expenses so that the cost to hospitals is minimal or none at all.

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Morgan Cyr, Contributing Photographer

May 21st, 2024|

P595 Morgan Cyr, Maine USA

Morgan Cyr, Maine USA (P595)

Welcome to Morgan Cyr, our new Contributing Photographer!

Morgan comments, “I interned for Healing Photo Art this spring and it was a very pleasant experience. Elaine was always so welcoming and appreciative of the interns for the foundation. We went on visits to places around Florence that had just hung up photos in their healthcare settings. It was a truly amazing experience to see the impact art is able to have on well-being of individuals. It was clear that it had been well thought out what photos were chosen, as the foundation offers so many options to select from. I personally felt so moved by the art pieces that I decided to write reflections on my personal reactions to the art, which were later shared on social media. I also worked on making a video including some photos from the foundation shown alongside lovely harp music made by a friend of Elaine. Finally, I was given the opportunity to become a contributing photographer. I am beyond happy to now be making a lasting impact on the hospital settings that work with Healing Photo Art! On our last trip, Elaine was so kind to show us some amazing views around Florence for the day. The foundation has always gone above and beyond to spread positivity on communities and the world as a whole. It was a true honor to be a part of this mission.”

Rick Bruce, Contributing Photographer

May 16th, 2024|

P593 Rick Bruce, Pennsylvania USA

Rick Bruce, Pennsylvania USA (P593)

Enjoy this lovely photo taken by our new Contributing Photographer, Rick Bruce!

Rick comments, “Healing Photo Art is an excellent way to encourage patients and even medical staff as they travel in medical facilities. I found out about this wonderful organization when I saw one of Elaine’s photos from the Dolomites in a Patient First examination room in Abington PA this spring when dealing with a particularly nasty cold. Her photo cheered me up. I thought perhaps my own photo work could do the same for others.”

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