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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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Jessica Maskiell, Contributing Photographer

July 4th, 2024|

P598 Jessica Maskiell, New York USA

Jessica Maskiell, New York USA (P598)

Welcome to Jessica Maskiell, our new Contributing Photographer!

This beautiful image of a lotus flower resting in water was captured by photographer Jessica Ramos Maskiell, in the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY.  Established in 1891, it is located on a 250-acre site that contains a landscape with over one million living plants; the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, a greenhouse containing several habitats; and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, which contains one of the world’s largest collections of botany-related texts. As of 2016, over a million people visit the New York Botanical Garden annually. The Bronx is also hometown to Jessica Ramos Maskiell.

Sally B. Simpson, Contributing Photographer

June 21st, 2024|

P597 Sally B. Simpson, Missouri USA

Sally B. Simpson, Missouri USA (P597)

Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Sally B. Simpson, for her lovely fawn photo!

Sally comments, “I first heard about the foundation for photo/art in hospitals, when a friend of mine told me about a field trip he took to the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, MO with his workplace where they were later encouraged to submit their photos for consideration to the foundation. My friend lovingly said to me, “You should submit a photo to them because your work is outstanding.”

After I found a fellow photographer and friend on the website, listed as a contributing photographer, I saw it as a “sign” or as a good omen. At the beginning of 2022, my mother was sick in a local St. Louis hospital. I would visit each weekend and walk the long halls of the hospital, and take pictures of the artwork that adorned the halls so she could see the beautiful art. My mother would say to me, “They should be so lucky to have your photos hanging on their walls.”

My mom passed away on 4/5/2022, and I can’t think of a better way to honor her memory by knowing that one of my nature photos may hang on the wall somewhere in the world. I hope that my photo brings comfort and solace to all who see.”

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