We are happy to introduce 3 new interns joining us this spring. Welcome to Gabrielle Napper, Kourtney Dobmeier, and Jaimie Maki. They are Public Health students from the University of Minnesota Duluth who found a special interest in our Foundation. Their key focus this semester will be creating content for our social media pages as well as orchestrating videos of facilities which have received our beautiful photos. Gabrielle, Kourtney, and Jaimie all have a special interest in the psychology of art in healthcare, so we will see that theme in the work they will be creating.
Post and Graphics created by Kourtney Dobmeier
Enjoy this lovely photo by our new Contributing Photographer, Charlotte Dobson, taken in North Devon, UK! Charlotte comments, “Elaine is an incredible person. I recently submitted a photograph, where I was easily directed and communicated with in a clear and friendly manner. Her work is clearly having success and meeting her intentions in an amazing way! I love the range of images and places that work is seen in hospitals- Elaine really considers choices carefully to great effect.”
Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Kourtney Dobmeier, from Minnesota! Enjoy her lovely photo of poppies! Kourtney comments, “I am happily serving as an intern for this wonderful Foundation! I’ve been able to share my passion of photography, and Elaine has shown me how to pursue that by becoming a contributing photographer, where my photo will be placed in hospitals all over the world! Working with this Foundation has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. They have a great mission, and one that I believe to be very powerful. The work they do is incredible and I am grateful to be a part of something that really does make a difference in the lives of others. Elaine has been so kind and caring, and has been a true pleasure to work with! I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals!”
Enjoy this lovely photo of Cannon Beach, Oregon by our new Contributing Photographer Gabrielle Napper! Gabrielle comments, “I am working with Elaine this semester as a volunteer, and I am beyond blessed to have this opportunity. I am passionate about bringing art into communities, Elaine has taught me so much on how I can contribute to that passion. This foundation overall is so impactful and I am excited to learn more though Elaine and the foundation!”
Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Vanessa! Enjoy her lovely photo of this amazing tree taken in North Wales UK. Vanessa comments, “What a brilliant idea by Elaine Poggi to place photography of nature in hospitals around the world. I am so happy to contribute to this very thoughtful Foundation. Elaine is great to work with and deserves to be recognised. I love the thought that our pictures are helping people on their way to healing!”
While our healthcare workers around the world have been risking their lives to care for us during this historic pandemic, we have been busy this year sending over 500 beautiful nature photos to hospitals in the USA, Australia, Japan, China, England, Niger, and Nigeria to ease the stress a bit for them and for their patients.
Having placed more than 8000 nature photos in the past 18 years, our story has now been translated into 40 different languages in more than 400 healthcare facilities on all seven continents. Many thanks to our 371 (and counting) Contributing Photographers, our donors, boards, interns, and volunteers who have made this possible.
A special thanks to the Fay Slover Fund at the Boston Foundation for two grants plus an emergency 2020 grant for our particular challenges during this pandemic. I am humbled…
Enjoy “The Light in the Darkness”, an inspiring and uplifting video which combines the beautiful music of harpist Amy Camie and our lovely nature photos. Many thanks to our intern, Olivia Allen, for creating this timely video which is a gentle reminder to take a peaceful break and remember the good that surrounds us.
I am grateful to all who love what we do and for your support through your time, talents, and treasures. We have lots of good work still to do!
Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Steve Johnston, for his lovely photo taken in the Yosemite Valley in California! Steve comments, “I was introduced to Healing Photo Art by a mutual friend of the Founder. My introduction to the mission has been very rewarding and enlightening. I believe the mission is very creative and leverages many disciplines to economically deliver artwork to the walls of hospitals around the world. I am excited to be a new part of it.”
Pulmonary Dept., Affiliated Hospital of University of Science and Technology, Hefei, China
18 years ago I created the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, a nonprofit organization in which we place beautiful nature photos in hospitals around the world. I did this to honor my mother after assisting her for almost 3 months in the hospital. I saw a need for art in hospitals and I carried through on my idea. As of today, we have placed over 8000 photos in more than 400 healthcare facilities on all continents, with the help of our almost 400 Contributing Photographers from across the globe. This past year we have had many requests from hospitals facing the pandemic. My hope is that our colorful photos are giving comfort and hope not only to the patients but also to the healthcare workers who are risking their lives to care for us.
Enjoy this amazing photo taken in Florida by our new Contributing Photographer, John Lazo! John comments, “Healing Photo Art is a wonderful organization. The work they are doing to bring photography and art to the lives of others as a means of comfort and security is wonderful. I’m honored to be a contributing photographer for such a powerful cause.”
Many thanks to our Contributing Photographer Maye Schwartz for her lovely African Daisy, taken in North Carolina. Maye comments, “I could not think of a more special way for my love of nature and photography to be displayed. It brings me great joy to know my images are being displayed on a global level and brightening people’s days who need it!”
Many thanks to M. Diane Bonaparte, our new Contributing Photographer, for her lovely rose and kind comments… “Hi, my name is M Diane Bonaparte and I’m a photographer from Tucson, AZ. I found Elaine through another Art in Health organization and was overwhelmed by her quick response and genuine lighthearted attitude. She chose one of my photos from my website and I’m very happy to be a part of this worthy endeavor.”
“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