Larry Baumgardt, Contributing Photographer

July 22nd, 2023|

P564 Larry Baumgardt, Florida USA

Larry Baumgardt, Florida USA (P564)

Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Larry Baumgardt!

Larry comments, “After over 50 years, I recently re-connected with one of my Northwestern college roommates. Photography then and now is my passion and I shared some of my photographs with Louis. He suggested that I connect with his friend Elaine Poggi, president of the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. She requested some sample images, and then asked for a few that she had selected. I had never heard of her organization, but the more I learned the more impressed I became. I am pleased and proud to play a small role in such a worthy charity.”

Bella O’Rourke, Contributing Photographer

July 21st, 2023|

P565 Bella O'Rourke, Amalfi, Italy

Bella O’Rourke, Amalfi, Italy (P565)

Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Bella O’Rourke!

Bella comments, “I was an intern this summer with the Foundation and had an amazing experience. I was lucky to work alongside Elaine Poggi, who was a great mentor and boss. The foundation has enhanced my skills in social media content creation along as expanded my knowledge on photography.”

Barbara C Phillips, Contributing Photographer

June 19th, 2023|

P563 Barbara C Phillips, Missouri USA

Barbara C Phillips, Missouri USA (P563)

Many thanks to Barbara C Phillips, our new Contributing Photographer!

Barbara comments, “I don’t remember exactly how I found the Foundation, I believe another photographer mentioned it. But I was immediately on board. Having worked in healthcare as an RN and as a Nurse Practitioner for over 30 years, I am intimately familiar with how light, color, and design can impact my patients’ mood and ultimately well being. This is true no matter the setting…from hospitals to clinics, to therapy offices. In fact, many of my images today are created with a therapeutic environment in mind. I appreciate being able to contribute.”

Julia Robak , Contributing Photographer

May 4th, 2023|

P561 Julia Robak, Virginia USA

Julia Robak, Virginia USA (P561)

Welcome to Julia Robak, our new Contributing Photographer!

Julia comments, “I found the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals while searching for meaningful ways to share my photography and was immediately impressed! I contacted Elaine and she was very kind and helpful, and extremely quick to respond. My career has me working inside the walls of a hospital and I grew up volunteering in one as well so I know that the institutional feeling inside these places can be less than comforting. I am glad to be able to contribute art to this cause and hopefully bring someone a bit of peace during a difficult time.”

Sarah Kohrs, Contributing Photographer

April 27th, 2023|

P560 Sarah Kohrs, West Virginia USA

Sarah Kohrs, West Virginia USA (P560)

Many thanks to Sarah Kohrs, our new Contributing Photographer!

Sarah comments, “Art has a cathartic impact on those that make it and those that view. The mission of Healing Photo Art aligns with so many aspects of the creative arts that I hold dear: from encouraging others to fostering an appreciation for nature. I’m grateful to have an outlet for my photographic art that promotes positive connection and inspiring impact. Thanks, Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals!”

Jasminemichael Vest, Contributing Photographer

April 20th, 2023|

P559 Jasminemichael Vest, Virginia USA

Jasminemichael Vest, Virginia USA (P559)

Welcome to Jasminemichael Vest, our new Contributing Photographer!

Jasmine comments, “Last year my husband was diagnosed with Cancer and the hospital became our family. Now that he is cancer free I wanted to find a way to give back to the hospitals and give back that warmth and comfort that was given to us.”

Anna Eiland, Contributing Photographer

April 19th, 2023|

P558 Anna Eiland, Croatia

Anna Eiland, Croatia (P558)

Many thanks to Anna Eiland, our new Contributing Photographer, for her lovely photo!

Anna comments, “When I decided to study abroad, one of my main goals was to get outside my comfort zone and connect with my new community. Luckily, my university in Florence offered to connect me with a local organization. I was paired with Healing Photo Art, and I have been amazed by the work that Elaine and her team do here. I aspire to become a Physician’s Assistant, and this organization provided the perfect opportunity for me to combine my passions of medicine and volunteering. I have been able to use my unique interests and passions to help the organization. I especially enjoyed creating a video pairing the photographs from Elaine and contributing photographers with harp music created by Amy Camie. Elaine is one of the most caring, genuine, and motivated people that I have had the chance to work with, and this experience has been one of my favorite parts about studying abroad. I hope to continue working with the foundation when I return home. Thank you Elaine for making this such a memorable and meaningful experience!”

Charlotte Colella, Contributing Photographer

April 11th, 2023|

P554 Charlotte Colella, Interlaken, Switzerland

Charlotte Colella, Interlaken, Switzerland (P554)

Welcome to Charlotte Colella, our new Contributing Photographer!

Charlotte comments, “Throughout my life I always had a great appreciation for art, especially its use as a therapeutic outlet. As I entered higher education, majoring in psychology and minoring in creative arts therapy, I was able to further my interests and gain a greater perspective on how art is used as a tool to heal. I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Elaine, The Foundation for Photo/ Art in Hospitals, and to work with an art-focused nonprofit. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to share research and my own photography with others, it has been such a rewarding experience. During my time with the Foundation, Elaine’s dedication definitely stands out. Her mission of making individuals more at peace during their time in the hospital is so inspiring. Her sincerity and care for all the interns is heartwarming and has helped me feel more at home during my time studying abroad. I am looking forward to continuing my work with the foundation for the rest of my semester!”

Naseeha Ahmad, Contributing Photographer

April 8th, 2023|

P555 Naseeha Ahmad, Alberta, Canada

Naseeha Ahmad, Alberta, Canada (P555)

Enjoy this photo of our new Contributing Photographer, Naseeha Ahmad.

Naseeha comments, “As soon as I had made the decision to study abroad during my last semester of college I knew I wanted to get involved in the local community somehow. Fortunately for me, the school I was going to in Florence had a list of organizations that they partner with to help students get involved. As I was scrolling through the list, it was Elaine’s Healing PhotoArt foundation that caught my eye immediately. It seemed like fate because I realized that I could combine my love for photography and passion for medicine to help people in their process of healing. Joining the foundation as a photography intern is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. Elaine is such a warm, generous, and helpful person. Her passion and determination in all aspects are truly inspiring. I also loved playing a part in healing that was so different from the traditional focus of medical treatment. Elaine’s foundation has and continues to do amazing work, and I can’t wait to continue on this journey with her. Thank you for all that you do, Elaine! You’re truly so inspiring!”

Saijal Vacek, Contributing Photographer

April 5th, 2023|

P553 Saijal Vacek, Alberta, Canada

Saijal Vacek, Alberta, Canada (P553)

Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Saijal Vacek. Enjoy her lovely photo!

Saijal comments, “I interned for Elaine at Healing Photo Art in Florence this past semester and am so grateful I could be a part of her nonprofit. Seeing behind the scenes of all the work that goes into it was eye-opening. The power of the art that people donate is incredible and to see firsthand the impact it is making in people’s lives is inspiring. Elaine loves to help people and spread unique photography around the world and I know she wouldn’t want to do anything else with her time. Her charm and gentile caring heart were a joy to be around. I am also a contributing photographer and can’t wait to continue to donate my images to the foundation! This has been such a rewarding and heartfelt internship. Although I am sad to go back to Minnesota I am excited to keep in touch and have connections through this incredible foundation. Thanks again Elaine for all you have done and continue to do.”

Rob Haynes, Contributing Photographer

March 30th, 2023|

P557 Rob Haynes, United Kingdom

Rob Haynes, United Kingdom (P557)

Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Rob Haynes, for his photo of a swan taking off!

Rob comments, “I was very impressed with the Foundation’s work in providing PhotoArt on a global scale to Hospitals and healthcare facilities who benefit from having inspirational imagery within the hospital environment.

I think it vitally important to patients, staff and visitors, to have inspirational imagery within a clinical environment and for some a traumatic experience. If my work and the work of the foundation can make life easier for patients then I’m happy to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

Maile Souza Bruno, Contributing Photographer

March 24th, 2023|

P556 Maile Souza Bruno, Washington USA

Maile Souza Bruno, Washington USA (P556)

Enjoy this amazing reflection photo by Maile Souza Bruno, our new Contributing Photographer!

Maile comments, “Working as a nurse in multiple hospitals in Oregon I have seen first hand the impact a hospital environment has on healing and recovery both physically and mentally. I have been passionate about landscape and adventure/travel photography for over a decade, and am excited to share my photographs that embody calm, peace, and connection with the elements. Sharing and promoting these qualities in hospitals worldwide and making nature accessible to all is truly nurturing and grounding to the soul. Thank you to Elaine for bringing this foundation into being!”

Mike Garlit, Contributing Photographer

March 23rd, 2023|

P551 Mike Garlit, Illinois USA

Mike Garlit, Illinois USA (P551)

Many thanks to Mike Garlit, our new Contributing Photographer, for his sunflower photo!

Mike comments, “I first learned about the Foundation for Photos/Art in Hospitals from a friend in church. The organization’s mission to place uplifting landscape art in hospitals and clinics around the world, lifting the spirits of patients and their families in what is often a seemingly cold and impersonal environment, is inspiring. I was honored to be asked to contribute to their offering and pray my work may help those who need some encouragement.”

Denny Bucci, Contributing Photographer

March 17th, 2023|

P550 Denny Bucci, Palawan, Philippines

Denny Bucci, Palawan, Philippines (P550)

Enjoy this magnificent photo of our new Contributing Photographer, Denny Bucci!

Denny comments, “It was an absolutely wonderful experience supporting the hard work of a lifelong dear friend of my mothers and our family for such a heartwarming cause. It truly makes my heart warm knowing that a photograph taken last month in the Philippines can provide warmth and strength to individuals across the world.”

Richard Brett, Contributing Photographer

March 12th, 2023|

P552 Richard Brett, London, England

Richard Brett, London, England (P552)

Many thanks to Richard Brett, our new Contributing Photographer, for his lovely photo!

Richard comments, “I saw a post about the Foundation – and its work – on Linked In from a former colleague.  This seemed to me to be a very worthwhile cause and so I provided a photo to the foundation, because I think the work they are doing is inspiring.

We live in a beautiful world and to see nature in all its glory can be a deeply spiritual experience.  When you are in hospital, you need to feel uplifted and inspired. Photographs of the natural world can help and I hope that, in some small way, I can contribute to people feeling that way.

Working with Elaine to provide a photo was very enjoyable. She made it all very easy and I would certainly recommend – and encourage – other people to do the same.”

Kevin Robert Grinder, Contributing Photographer

March 8th, 2023|

P543 Kevin Robert Grinder, California USA

Kevin Robert Grinder, California USA (P543)

Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Kevin Robert Grinder, for his lovely photo!

Kevin comments, “I hope that by donating my art work through Healing Photo Art, it will bring happiness or hope to someone in a hospital, or care center. I also pray as well it brings fond memories of better days, or even inspires them for hope for the future.”


Tammy Liao, Contributing Photographer

March 3rd, 2023|

P549 Tammy Liao, New Hampshire USA

Tammy Liao, New Hampshire USA (P549)

Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Tammy Liao, from Singapore!

Tammy comments, “I learned about The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals through a dear family. I’ve loved traveling and taking photos since a teen and the mission of Elaine’s has provided people like me a platform to share the positivity, serenity, and wonder of nature through our passion for photography.

I am honored to have worked with this caring organization. It is amazing to know that my photographs may be of help and comfort to people who are going through a hard time.”

Anna Pivi, Contributing Photographer

March 2nd, 2023|

P547 Anna Pivi, Lisse, Netherlands

Anna Pivi, Lisse, Netherlands (P547)

Many thanks to Anna Pivi, from Agliana, Italy, for her lovely tulips photo!

Anna commenta, “Bellissima esperienza. Elaine è molto gentile, precisa ed organizzata. Sono felice che una delle mie foto possa abbellire una qualsiasi corsia di ospedale e renderla meno squallida.
Grazie davvero.”

David Swasko, Contributing Photographer

February 28th, 2023|

P544 David Swasko, Michigan USA

David Swasko, Michigan USA (P544)

Enjoy this lovely photo by our new Contributing Photographer, David Swasko!

David comments, ““Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love” – Mother Teresa. As part of my work a few years ago, I began searching online listings for “alternative healing modalities” in hospitals and Hospices, and discovered the “Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals”. What a pleasant (and fortuitous!) surprise. I first met Elaine Poggi, founder of the foundation, over 50 years ago. I knew back even then, she had a heart of gold and generous giving spirit. Fast forward 50 years and we have since reconnected via this incredible project. I have been amazed to learn the geographical extent, significance and meaningful impact the project has had toward fulfilling the Foundation’s goal and mission of “humanizing healthcare environments.” Hippocrates famously said, “Physicians Treat, Nature Heals”. Individually, every picture is a “small thing”, and yet it conveys each photographer’s gratitude and witness to its captured beauty…and coveys and shares to the viewer the inherent healing potential of nature. Collectively, all the “little” pictures make this project a “great thing”, by healing the heart and soul of its viewer and environments. I hope my foto contributes to that goal. I shoot mostly in a state of wonder and awe whenever in a wilderness area. I think Mother Teresa and Hippocrates would both agree that this project is preeminently from, and for, healing the heart…and that the project is in fact accomplishing “a great thing!” A true work of heArt!”

Nanda Bussers, Contributing Photographer

February 21st, 2023|

P548 Nanda Bussers, Altweerterheide, Netherlands

Nanda Bussers, Altweerterheide, Netherlands (P548)

Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Nanda Bussers!

Nanda comments, “Thank you Elaine Poggi for inviting me to contribute to the mission of The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. I sincerely hope my nature photographs capturing some little snowdrops will be a valuable asset in the collection.

The mission of The Foundation is perfectly aligned with my personal drivers behind my company “Comfort Art”. With my Photo Art I hope to offer comfort and give warmth in those more difficult times that everyone has or will experience, as well as to create a positive moment (of time) in a person’s life.

When I recently discovered The Foundation on the Internet, I’ve immediately send an email to Elaine Poggi with a selection of my nature photos. Elaine responded quickly and very welcoming to the emails. Hopefully my Photo Art can give healing and comfort to many others throughout the world, as it already did in the Netherlands.”

Holly Ponto, Contributing Photographer

February 9th, 2023|

P540 Holly Ponto, Minnesota USA

Holly Ponto, Minnesota USA (P540)

Welcome to Holly Ponto, our new Contributing Photographer, from Minnesota!

Holly comments, “My name is Holly and I am a contributing photographer. I have been doing photography since 2016, but recently found Elaine’s foundation through a professional connection (college professor). I love doing nature photography, and am glad I found people who are also interested. Elaine’s foundation has provided a lovely outlet to supply photography to hospitals around the world.”

Destiny Murphree, Contributing Photographer

February 7th, 2023|

P538 Destiny Murphree, Alabama USA

Destiny Murphree, Alabama USA (P538)

Many thanks to Destiny Murphree, our new Contributing Photographer, for her lovely photo!

Destiny comments, “I was able to donate some of my art work to this non profit to be hung in hospitals. It feels amazing for my art to help someone else and be hung in a hospital for thousands to see. My hard work has paid off and it’s just amazing that my art is helping others. It’s now hung in Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn New York.”

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