Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Amelia Holt, for her lovely photo!
Amelia comments, “My time as an intern for the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals was, in one word, inspirational. Elaine Poggi understands the big impact of small things, which can be seen in all of her amazing work over the past 20 years. She took a small concept, combined it with passion and perseverance, and it has positively impacted all 7 continents! Working with Elaine taught me and my fellow interns that no dream is too small or too big to do good in the world. Often times, inspirational stories make doing good seem unattainable. However, Elaine is so down-to-earth, so her story and work show how anyone can do anything, as long as they put their heart in it.”
Enjoy this colorful Dahlia photographed by our new Contributing Photographer, Natalie Birnbaum!
Natalie comments, “I took up photography as a hobby about 10 years ago after I retired from working in public health. When I am out capturing even a small part of nature’s abundant beauty, I notice all my worries disappear. Realizing how uplifting and peaceful it is to be out photographing nature and reflecting on my experiences in healthcare, I often wondered if there was a way to use my photography as a healing art. I recently did an internet search and discovered that the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is doing just that! This special non-profit organization brings the healing power of nature to hospitals by sending them photo art to display on their walls and in patients’ rooms. I thought it was such a wonderful idea. Elaine Poggi, the Foundation’s founder and president, is a nature photographer herself. She uses her own photos and also relies on those donated by other photographers from around the world. It seemed like the perfect place for my nature photography. I contacted her to see if she was interested in my flower photos. Elaine was so responsive and easy to work with. She immediately replied to my email. I was thrilled she liked my photos and wanted to add one of them to the Foundation’s gallery. The process she created for sending her my photo was incredibly easy. I was surprised that my flower photo was in her gallery in just a few days. I’d be so honored if my photograph found a home in a hospital anywhere in the world. Especially if it lifted the spirits of the hospital’s patients, visitors, and staff. If you know anyone who photographs nature or beautiful locations, tell them to contact Elaine to donate their work and to check out her website to find out more about this extraordinary Foundation (https://healingphotoart.org).”
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Randall Fountain, for his most amazing photo!
Randall comments, “I immediately felt my life had more meaning when I found Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals and got to talk with Elaine Poggi (Founder & President). For years I wanted to create more meaning in my art. It has helped me when I was going through tough periods in my life as I got to go out into nature and experience some of the most beautiful sights. That’s where photography came in because I wanted to share the beauty of life with others so that they may experience a breath of fresh air during turbulent times.
Seeing how much it did for me during those periods, I thought about the people that don’t have much access to it that need it the most. After researching, I found this foundation that does exactly that by providing photos to Hospitals. A very well thought out vision that is driven towards helping others in that way. By choosing this step and getting to connect with Elaine, the Foundation, and others around the world through what I capture, I feel as if I am finding meaning again.
I feel that photos of nature can help soothe and calm the mind to allow the body to focus more energy towards itself where it is needed the most. Thus reducing anxiety, calmer rhythmic breathing, and a more balanced heart rate. Most people in a Hospital setting where there are walls around them are often blank with nothing to take focus on except the thoughts in their mind.
And talking to people that have been in a Hospital, the overall feeling and thoughts was “I am sick” but we can help change that by changing the environment even if it is helping a little. Maybe through being struck by an image that changes the feelings they have more to “I am healing.” That to me is leaps and bounds and the power of what art can do.
I hope anyone reading this can take the time to check out the Foundation and all of the other amazing artists and staff members that donated their time, energy, and art to make it possible. There are a lot of ways you can contribute even getting a local hospital by you to hang up pieces of art in which the Foundation can help.”
Enjoy this peaceful photo of our Contributing Photographer, Nicholas J. Hall, taken in Washington!
Nicholas comments, “I stumbled upon this foundation kind of by accident. I am a hobby photographer and work full time in the medical field. I am so grateful for what this foundation does and what it stands for. I’m proud to be able to contribute to the healing process all over the world with something I hold so dear to me, and I hope with all of my heart I am able to provide some sort peace and comfort to those that need it. Even if it is something as little as a smile to brighten their world a little.”
Many thanks to our Contributing Photographer, Ardis Rezba Ligman, for her beautiful photo!
Ardis comments, “A mutual friend of Elaine and myself suggested I submit a photo for review to Elaine for use in a hospital. It is then when I learned of the Foundation Elaine began to change the blank walls of hospital corridors to be filled with photography and change their intimidating personality to give beauty, peace, and comfort to people when they are most vulnerable walking hospital corridors. As a now retired trauma nurse, I used photography as a means to bring peace into my life beyond the chaos emergency medicine usually brings. Amateur photography has become a passion for me, to capture a special moment on paper. With our mutual friend’s encouragement, in 2015 I submitted a photo for Elaine to evaluate, it is now in three hospitals across the world. To know through this foundation you have given a part of yourself to them through your photograph . . . gave them a moment to pause . . . a moment to reevaluate . . . a moment to have peace . . . you know if even for a fleeting moment you have touched and changed someone’s life.
Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Mark Dornblaser! Enjoy his photo of these two blue-footed Boobies.
Mark comments, “I came across the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals by accident on Facebook, and I immediately wanted to get involved. I am a landscape photographer, and I have wondered for years how I might donate my work to hospitals. I contacted Elaine Poggi, and worked with her to choose images that would be desirable for donation. It’s been an incredible experience, and I am overjoyed at the prospect of giving something back to the community.”
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, JoAnn H. Turner, for her colorful photo!
JoAnn comments, “I served as a caregiver for my parents and now caring for my sister who has autism. For years Mom and Dad were amazing with their talents. Dad was a craftsman while Mom shared her love for art. Art was what brought out the best in my sister, and when my aging parents were taken under our care, my joy was writing stories and displaying Sister’s pictures to lift their spirits and quality of life. I painted their home interior with happy colors, adding my sisters vibrant art. Our yard was a garden of colorful flowers, veggies and plants. Our loving parents are no longer with us, but my heart is content that my sister and I carried the torch of Mom and Dad’s creativity. I mentioned to a dear friend about finding out how I can share some of our photography and paintings with hospitals. Thus, the introduction to your wonderful foundation. I was elated. To have one of my works on display is truly an honor, knowing it may lift someone’s spirits while coping with illness of their own or someone they love . That’s one of the biggest accomplishments an artist can have –truly priceless. Many thanks to Founder Elaine Poggi–a true gem– for her selfless contribution and motivation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. Brava!
By all means join us on this fulfilling journey to lift smiles on faces, even during their most critical moment.”
Enjoy this lovely photo taken in Peru by our new Contributing Photographer, Bruno Ghersi!
Bruno comments, “I found out about healing photo art by a friend. Their goal of bringing art and nature to hospitals is something I wanted to help with. Photography for me is more a hobby and being able to share my photos this way makes it all worth it.”
You have just made my day, week, month and year! I want to cry because I’m so happy. The fact is, my photo going to children’s hospitals who serve children with disabilities makes it all the much better. I have a disability too. I looked at the website and what a fantastic place for my photo to be. I’m so grateful to you and your wonderful foundation. You have an awesome job!”
This was the response from Michael Doyle when I told him that his photo was sent to CURE Children’s Hospitals in Kenya, Malawi, and Ethiopia. Healing Photo Art rocks!❤️
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer Denise Barnhart from California!
Denise comments, “My mom is a retired registered nurse, so I thought it would be cool to get my photographs in a hospital. I know those patient rooms need some color! A quick search led me to Healing Photo Art. I was so excited when they chose to feature one of my images! What Elaine is doing is so important, not just to the well-being of patients and hospital workers, but to the livelihoods of photographers who need exposure. The validation and confidence boost are nice, too! Please support Healing Photo Art!”
Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer Melissa Knowles from Massachusetts!
Melissa comments, “I came across the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals while researching photography’s role in arts-in-health. It has been a rewarding experience to have something you have created, hoping it will do some good somewhere in the world, find a home. It is a great reminder that it is often the smallest of things, like a photograph, that can also make a difference.”
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer Eric Whitehead. Enjoy his photo of his very best friend, JD!
Eric comments, “I got into Photography after my own healing journey. I see what beauty in the world there is feeding my soul. I found this site after looking for ways to heal myself and others. It’s been a pleasure working with Elaine. I look forward to spreading more joy around the world and helping others in their journey!! Thank you!!”
Enjoy this perfect rose from our new Contributing Photographer Lara Kaye, from South Africa.
Lara comments, “I found The Foundation For Photo/Art in Hospitals through my search to add more meaning to my work. In the six months that I have been a photographer, donating one of my photographs to this worthy cause has been one of the best experiences I’ve had. Elaine’s response to my messages was kind and prompt. I am a self-taught artist, and my technical knowledge is still limited, but her assistance made the process of becoming a contributing photographer easy. This is a wonderful opportunity to become part of the team of people who each do their part to restore health, comfort, and be there for those in health care facilities.”
Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer Amelia Khan from St. Louis, Missouri!
Amelia comments, “I first discovered the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals when I was a student at St. Louis Community College, taking an Introduction to Human Services course. For an assignment, I had to find a nonprofit organization, conduct an interview with someone who is a part of it, and write a reflection, to get a better understanding of what they do within. I was lucky enough to meet with the founder, Elaine, and she was so kind to meet with me virtually so I could interview her to learn more about what she created. Not shortly after, she gave me the opportunity to become a contributor to the foundation and my photo has recently been posted on her sites! I am thrilled to be a part of this organization that has turned a simple idea into something spectacular around the world. Elaine and everyone else who is a part of making this foundation what it is are incredible in making it happen. I hope to meet with Elaine and other contributors to the foundation one day and continue helping to make patients in hospitals around the world feel at ease in their setting!”
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer Sheila Carel from Massachusetts!
Sheila comments, “I am lucky to live in Cochituate, a village of Wayland, Massachusetts and have been documenting the natural beauty around me on my daily strolls. These strolls bring me to lakes, ponds, woods, and so much more and are a balm to my soul. A good friend who works in one of the Boston hospitals suggested my art should be displayed in hospitals. A quick search brought me to the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. When I read about the mission of this organization, I knew this was the perfect place to start. I was correct. Every step of the way through this process has been seamless, all Elaine’s doing. I am so thankful to have found this organization and am looking forward to the day I hear that my photograph of the prettiest kettle pond in Massachusetts is gracing the walls of a hospital and giving somebody a peaceful focus in a place of healing.”
Enjoy this “simpatico” photo our new Contributing Photographer Ava Siegle, taken in Venice, Italy! Ava interned for the Foundation in the Fall of 2021 and we thank her for helping promote our work! Ava comments, “I was an intern for Healing Photo Art while I was in Florence in Fall 2021. It was an incredible experience! I was also able to become a contributing photographer, and have one of my own photographs put up in hospitals in Uganda, Zambia, and the Philippines. Elaine was a great mentor and under her guidance I created “Animals of the World”, a video of images combined with beautiful harp music by Amy Camie. I hope that these healing sounds and sights can help some patients. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this foundation’s mission to bring healing photo art to hospitals all around the world, and I hope to work with Elaine again soon!”
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer Laurie Holland Nessland for her lovely photo of a moose family. Laurie comments, ” I am so grateful to be a part of this organization’s mission to bring healing art into hospitals! The beauty of nature and animals is such a gift, and I feel honored to be able to capture images that evoke pleasant emotions, which can aid in healing. After spending a month in & out of hospitals with a loved one, I thought to myself how amazing would it be to donate some of my photography to hospitals….and then I found this organization. Wonderful!”
Welcome to our New Contributing Photographer Karuna Duval from Washington USA.
Karuna comments, “I was introduced to this organization through a friend. I love what they do!! Having worked in hospitals and now working in hospice, I completely understand the role that art plays in healing and comfort. I have been a photographer for the last 13 years and I am honored that one of my photos was chosen by this organization. They are stellar and made the process very easy.”
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer Deborah Roy for her lovely photo! Deborah writes, “What an absolute pleasure to work with Elaine and the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. I discovered this wonderful nonprofit through the North American Nature Photography Association. I have long known the benefits of nature imagery to one’s mental and health status and wanted to find a way to play a role in helping others achieve this benefit. Working with Elaine made this a seamless process. She was extraordinary in her communication, very professional, and personable. I am excited to have my work benefit others around the globe. Thank you for this opportunity!”
“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