Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Rebecca Lin, from Maryland! Rebecca comments, “I am honored to contribute to The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. The staff are compassionate, and the mission is incredibly heartwarming. By being a part of this organization, I know that my photography will make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Yasmin Schepens, from Vancouver, Canada for this lovely photo! Yasmin comments, “Nature has always helped me heal faster. It is just the way nature works. It is miraculous. When some people are not able to go out in nature anymore it is so important for them to still be able to experience the effect nature has on human beings. Photographs are an excellent way to evoke that same feeling even if you have to stay inside. Bringing the outside in, is an amazing way to deal with depression and it calms the mind. I am a believer in what Healing Photo Art accomplishes and that’s why I have also donated one of my photos. It is a wonderful initiative that was created out of love and that’s why it is so powerful and true. Thank you Elaine!
My friend, Giorgio Seminati, from Bergamo who was infected with COVID-19 wrote me this morning that he is finally out of the Bergamo hospital after 2 months of a really, really tough time and 4 COVID-19 tests. His daughter was one of his nurses. His brother died of the virus a month ago. This is real life for many in Italy… and I am understanding more and more the suffering that this virus is bringing to many around the world… I met Giorgio 7 years ago when we coordinated a project of 250 photos for the Papa Giovanni XXIII Hospital in Bergamo, (where he spent the last two months).
Photo Inauguration at Siteman Cancer Center West County, St. Louis, Missouri
It was a wonderful unveiling of our 65 beautiful nature photos at Siteman Cancer Center West County! A plaque was placed honoring Dr. Jerry Levy, our founding Board member of Healing Photo Art. Pictured here are Elaine Poggi and Judy Levy.
Hi everyone! My name is Lizzie and I am so thrilled to introduce myself as a new intern for Healing Photo Art. It’s going to be an exciting next couple of months working alongside Elaine and getting to know the foundation. I’m so excited to have the chance to intertwine my love for photography and nature throughout the duration of this internship! I’m in my third year at the University of Minnesota and when I’m not writing a paper working towards completing my English and Art degrees, you can find me out and about with a camera in my hands. Can’t wait to see what is in store for the next couple of months! Ciao!
“It was wonderful meeting you on Wednesday. You and your work became the topic of conversation at dinner with my family. I was so impressed with your skills as an artist, speaker and philanthropist.”
Steven B. Miller, MD, Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
“The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is an organization that reaches individuals in a heartfelt manner at critical times in their lives. This became evident to me when I attended a dedication of photographs on an adolescent psychiatric unit. The photos had been chosen through discussion with the young patients and each one of them came alive when they spoke about their favorites. We don’t often appreciate the small changes we make in individual lives but this foundation can take pride in how it salves the wounds of those suffering both physically and emotionally.”
Rosemary Strembicki, Foundation Board Member, St. Louis, MO
“Our Art Cart program is a “smashing” success. The patients, families and staff all love it. They intermingle with the patients on their choices. Wonderful stories come out of it. One in particular is an underwater picture with beautiful fish. One lady would not be transferred out of her room until the picture came with her. She said it reminded her of her best friend and her aquarium which gave her much comfort.”
Suzanne M. Gaughn, Volunteer Services Manager, Olean General Hospital, NY
“We appreciate very much the photos from your organization. It brings smiles to staff, patients and their relations who visit our facilities. The power of the photos in the healing process of our patients is incredible to the extent that it attracts and serves as points of convergence for patients at rest hours. The attraction of the photos enables patients to socialize among themselves, share common concerns and forget about their discomfort. Such fraternity among patients from different locations temporary brings relief which is crucial in the healing process and we are very grateful to Healing Photo Art Foundation.”
Omar Nurudeen, District Health Services Administrator, Ghana, Africa
“We tend to associate hospitals with sadness but Elaine’s photos change this perception. Her colorful images offer a window of color, memory and discovery, which is integral to any healing process. Changing people’s lives, room by room, wall by wall…these are the beacons of light and hope our world needs, day by day.”
Elettra Fiumi, New York, NY
“Your work is spectacular, and the framed photographs have added a wonderful dimension to the Breast Center… We hear very positive comments frequently from our patients and their families about the photographs. Patients have told us the pictures provide a sense of calm and hope, and how the pictures remind them of a happy time in their life. Your gift to the Breast Health Center was… deeply appreciated by all of us who work caring for women with breast problems, and most of all, by our patients. We have all been touched by your generous donation of such a personal and beautiful gift. Your work is obviously a labor of love, and we feel privileged to be the beneficiary of such kindness.”
Virginia Herrmann, M.D., Breast Health Center, Washington Univ. School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO