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.”

Gabriele Gori, Contributing Photographer

February 2nd, 2023|

P541 Gabriele Gori, Alpe Giumello, Italy

Gabriele Gori, Alpe Giumello, Italy (P541)

Enjoy this lovely photo of Gabriele Gori, our new Contributing Photographer!

Gabriele comments, “Very often I have felt disarmed in front of the condition of a sick person (a friend, a child, a grandfather) who has to face cancer, something that suddenly and radically changes your perspectives on life, and forces you to spend many hours in the hospital, with the hope that the terrible disease can be defeated. Talking with a friend of mine, who is a musician and deals with therapeutic music, I learned that even the vision of particular images can give relief to a sick person: I then discovered on the internet the Foundation and the important work done by Elaine Poggi. I immediately contacted her and after a pleasant conversation I sent her a photo. Today I am proud to know that it was printed and donated to a hospital in NY and that, I hope, it will give some patients a moment of serenity … Thank you Elaine!”

Veronica Martin Gancedo, Contributing Photographer

January 14th, 2023|

P542 Veronica Martin Gancedo, Ionian Islands, Greece

Veronica Martin Gancedo, Ionian Islands, Greece (P542)

Welcome to Veronica Martin Gancedo, our new Contributing Photographer!

Veronica comments, “I am a big follower of Danae Mercer Ricci and Nico’s life beautiful love journey and how they speak the truths of social media VS reality, but also how they inspire us to love ourselves every day.
Following her stories, they mentioned The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals as a part of Nico’s family in one of the hospitals in Florence, Italy.
I checked the website and started to follow the account instantly, as documentary photography is one of my greatest passions and their wish to change the environment of hospitals with a ray of sunshine through art for people to heal is definitely worth to support and even more to contribute!
To say also, communication with Elaine is great. She is passionate and helpful about her work!”

Chiara Piccardi, Contributing Photographer

December 4th, 2022|

P539 Chiara Piccardi, Tuscany, Italy

Chiara Piccardi, Tuscany, Italy (P539)

Grazie a Chiara Piccardi, Contributing Photographer, per la sua bellissima foto!

Chiara ha commentato, “Bellissima iniziativa per regalare un po’ di sole in un momento della vita delle persone.
Elaine gentilissima e disponibile.”

Percy Chang, Contributing Photographer

November 29th, 2022|

P535 Percy Chang, Lovestad, Sweden

Percy Chang, Lovestad, Sweden (P535)

Enjoy this colorful photo by our new Contributing Photographer, Percy Chang!

Percy comments, “Talking about being a positive force, Elaine has brought together a community of talented photographers and attached their photos and art with a beautiful purpose. I am so inspired! Every photo in the collection of the Healing Photo Art Foundation communicates hope and connection and is ready for its mission: to enhance the environment of hospitals around the globe and uplift the spirits of those who are there. I feel truly blessed to take part in this meaningful and wonderful project!”

Peace and love, Percy Chang

Kenneth Wagner, Contributing Photographer

November 22nd, 2022|

P536 Kenneth Wagner, Belize

Kenneth Wagner, Belize (P536)

Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Kenneth Wagner!  Enjoy his beautiful photo, ‘Breaking Waves’!

Kenneth comments, “I found out about this organization through a dear friend. I’ve loved taking photos since a teen and could afford my first Instamatic. Work and business put most of my hobby on the back burner for years. In the last few years we finally began traveling and my love of photography was rekindled. When I learned about the possibility of sharing my passion with hospitals and maybe giving patients or their families a brighter day I couldn’t wait to submit a few photos. I’ve seen these types of photos on the walls of hospitals in St. Louis and always wondered where they came from. Now I know and will be thrilled if any of my photographs can make someone smile or make them forget their pain for just a while. At my age, giving something back to others makes me smile. Thank you Elaine and your organization for all that you do.”

Jeffrey Steefel, Contributing Photographer

November 21st, 2022|

P537 Jeffrey Steefel, Hawaii USA

Jeffrey Steefel, Hawaii USA (P537)

Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Jeffrey Steefel, for his lovely photo!

Jeffrey comments, “I have long been looking for a way to put my landscape photography to good use by donating images for hospitals and places of healing and have found it surprisingly difficult. In searching, I discovered the foundation which does exactly that! I have unfortunately spend a lot of time in hospitals with ailing family members dealing with cancer and the surroundings can feel sterile and anything that brings the beauty of nature to the environment is a blessing. I find nature personally healing and photography has always been a way to get out and appreciate the beauty all around us. I am grateful to this organization for everything they do.”

Celebrating 20 Years of Healing Photo Art

November 16th, 2022|

Florence, Italy

Photo by Elaine Poggi of Florence, Italy

 20 years ago The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals was incorporated as a 501(c)3 USA nonprofit. I created it to honor my mother, who spent her last months in the hospital. I have put my heart and soul into placing beautiful nature photos in hospitals around the world. Many thanks to our 440 Contributing Photographers, to our Board of Directors and International Board of Advisors, to our interns, volunteers, and donors. It is because of you that we have placed 10,402 photos in hospitals on all 7 continents! Please donate whatever you can to keep our work expanding into the future. Thank you so much!!

Niccolo’ Azzali, Contributing Photographer

October 13th, 2022|

P534 Niccolo' Azzali, Tuscany, Italy

Niccolo’ Azzali, Tuscany, Italy (P534)

Welcome to our new Contributing Photographer, Niccolo’ Azzali.  Many thanks for his lovely photo taken in Tuscany.

Niccolo’ comments, “My name is Niccolò Azzali, I am an amateur photographer from Firenze.
I noted this amazing project in the Careggi hospital in Firenze and immediately I would have liked be part of it.
I contacted Elaine and she replied me in short time, she was very kind and available to give me all the information.”

I am very happy that now three of my photos are part of this Foundation.

Cinzia Masseti, Contributing Photographer

September 10th, 2022|

P532 Cinzia Masseti, Florence, Italy

Cinzia Masseti, Florence, Italy (P532)

Grazie, Cinzia, per la tua bella foto fatto a Firenze del Palazzo Vecchio!

Cinzia commenta, “Donare una foto alla fondazione mi ha riempito il ❤ un semplice gesto per una grande causa. Grazie Elaine.”

Larisa Crockett, Contributing Photographer

August 13th, 2022|

P531 Larisa Crockett, Meteora, Greece

Larisa Crockett, Meteora, Greece (P531)

Thank you, Larisa Crockett, for your amazing photo taken in Greece!

Larisa comments, “When a photograph is taken it’s meant to be viewed by others. Isn’t that wonderful when it’s displayed in the facilities like hospitals where a lot of people are in need of beautiful thoughts and feelings that can be arisen by the art with a great benefit for mind and spirit. Visual art has a positive psychological effect on the brain and like many scientific studies show they help in healing and are equally beneficial to those who are healthy. I am very happy to find the Foundation and contribute into this noble cause.”

Sandra Jordan, Contributing Photographer

June 27th, 2022|

P530 Sandra Jordan, Ersfjordbotn, Norway

Sandra Jordan, Ersfjordbotn, Norway (P530)

Enjoy this amazing photo taken in Norway by our new Contributing Photographer Sandra Jordan!

Sandra comments, “I have always believed that photography can play a great role in enhancing environments to create a positive healing space so was thrilled when I came across the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. I contacted Elaine and she responded very quickly and chose this Aurora photo I took in the Arctic. It was an extremely easy process and I am very happy to be working with the Foundation. It’s a lovely feeling to know that my work may be of benefit to someone when going through a difficult time. I can’t wait to see where my photo ends up.”

Michelle Deppe, Contributing Photographer

June 18th, 2022|

P529 Michelle Deppe, Utah USA

Michelle Deppe, Utah USA (P529)

Many thanks to our new Contributing Photographer, Michelle Deppe, from Utah! Michelle comments, “I’m excited to share my nature photography and be a contributor to the foundation. I found out about the organization from another photographer on social media. I believe nature is healing and seeing uplifting images can bring solace.”

Nicole Thompson, Contributing Photographer

May 14th, 2022|

P528 Nicole Thompson, Minnesota USA

Nicole Thompson, Minnesota USA (P528)

Enjoy this lovely photo by our new Contributing Photographer, Nicole Thompson.

Nicole comments, “I lost my mother to Cancer in August of 2010 and knowing that this organization brings peace and happiness through Art to patients across the globe is incredible!”

Amelia Holt, Contributing Photographer

April 25th, 2022|

P526 Amelia Holt, Vernazza, Italy

Amelia Holt, Vernazza, Italy (P526)

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.”

Natalie Birnbaum, Contributing Photographer

April 18th, 2022|

P524 Natalie Birnbaum, Georgia USA

Natalie Birnbaum, Georgia USA (P524)

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 (”


Randall Fountain, Contributing Photographer

April 7th, 2022|

P525 Randall Fountain, Arkansas USA

Randall Fountain, Arkansas USA (P525)

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.”


Nicholas J. Hall, Contributing Photographer

April 1st, 2022|

P481 Nicholas J. Hall, Washington USA

Nicholas J. Hall, Washington USA (P481)

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.”


Ardis Rezba Ligman, Contributing Photographer

March 24th, 2022|

P318 Ardis Rezba Ligman, Florida USA

Ardis Rezba Ligman, Florida USA (P318)

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.


Mark Dornblaser, Contributing Photographer

March 11th, 2022|

P523 Mark Dornblaser, Galapagos Islands

Mark Dornblaser, Galapagos Islands (P523)

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.”

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