This is a review by one of our Contributing Photographers who asked me to post her review... "Elaine Poggi's vision, leadership and accomplishments in bringing healing art to hospitals are extraordinary. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has clearly touched the lives of thousands of people around the world. As a Contributing Photographer to the Foundation, it is a privilege to be even a small part of a grand work.
With all good wishes,
This is a review from a hospital administrator from India... Dear Ms. Elaine Poggi,
Greetings from KISES(Kiranmayi Socio Educational Society) INDIA.
It is great pleasure to make a comment about your organisaiton and your work. since we have been associated with for the last 5 years we have noticed a tremendous work done through yours and personally we have also received your service like you have sent the photo gallery of few photo frames which were fitted in our health centre for the early recovery of the patients. Indeed it was as useful as the patients were got relaxed by witnessing the photos which were sent by you. She is continues searching for us our KISES health centre for medicines, medical equipments, maintenance and running costs etc., for our India poor people through her 500 friends by the way of her face book, since we have association with you the work done by you and through your society rendering service is an excellent and tremendous and we hope and wish the same can continue even in the future by supporting the small organisations like us, which will help to elevate the revive of arts and culture.
We wish you all the best
With Kind Regards
Mr. & Mrs. Suram
My name is Rita Jane Johnson. I live in Sparta, Il., and I want to comment about the art placed in the Sparta Community Hospital, Barnes Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, and in The Center for Advanced Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. These places have beautiful framed photos of nature hanging on walls which were placed there by The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. These photos bring life into the sight of people who are going through trouble and problems. The photos change the atmosphere to bright & cheerful in waiting rooms where patients & their families need help. I personally am thankful for these photos and how they encourage & lift the spirits of everyone who looks at them. Elaine Poggi deserves recognition for her dedication to The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals.
Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 08/12/2014
Thanks, Rita! I really appreciate your comments and I'm glad our photos are making a bit of a difference in hospitals around the world!
Elaine Poggi, the founder and Executive Director, heard about my school's project in Cambodia. She immediately and kindly offered me photographs to bring to the hospital in Pailin, Cambodia. They were installed by the students in the various wards. Elaine is very generous in promoting beautifying hospitals around the world.
Healing Photo Art kindly provided some stunning photos for our treatment room at the Tavistock NHS Mental Health Trust in London. Our patients couldn't be happier with them and the staff enjoy them too. They even framed and sent them free of charge and added some extra photos for us. Thank you Healing Photo Art and keep up your wonderful work! Siri- Assistant Psychologist Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, The Adult Depression Study
Elaine Poggi's work is beautiful, tranquil, and inspiring. The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is a great non-profit organization dedicated to patient healing and enjoyment. Elaine's work is proudly displayed in our hospital and I would not have a reservation recommending The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals to any healthcare facility that would accept her work. Thank you Elaine!
Waking up out of unconsciensce state or waking up another day in hospital and first thing to see being a clear white wall could be DEPPRESSINg. Waking up in a tent on 6000 feet above the sea, sorounded by clear white high peaks of Alps, or Pyrennes fullfils a soul beyond any IMAGINATION. The Foundation for Photo Art In Hospitals helps to fight DEPRESSION with IMAGINATION bringing clear white peaks to clear white walls.
As a nurse working in a mission hospital in Kenya, I noticed first hand as patients, relatives, and even staff members found calmness and peace in looking at the beautiful pictures hanging on the walls by patients’ beds and recovery areas as well as along the corridors in the hospital. I still remember the one beautiful picture hanging on the staff room wall; it brought such peace to my soul each time I looked at it as I took my short break and ate my lunch before returning to work. The foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals has been such a wonderful vessel of ensuring that nature comes to both patients and their health care providers who would otherwise not have a chance to do so at the time. May the foundation continue its great work of touching people’s lives in such a special way!
As an oncology nurse, I can tell you the foundation's photography reaches the soul of the patient and their caregiver. It takes them away from the traumatic episodes of their lives to beautiful places they may never have been able to see before. It lets them forget, for a moment, the stress of their daily life and lets them enjoy the beautiful moments of being alive. When you look at Elaine's photography you are with her at that moment, experiencing the landscape, the animals, the ocean, the mountains --you are experiencing the beauty of our amazing planet.
KISES (Kiranmayi socio educational society) is associated with Elaine Poggi for the last 3 years and till interaction with her we feel art is only an event and does change the man's life in behaviour, attitude and perceptions, but indeed we experienced that it can cure the diseases also as after displaying the photos collected from Elaine has made a remarkable change among our patients in the hospital. Art is the language of the unspoken soul. Nature is the language of our existence and by gathering the above two and disseminating to many persons who can spark the lights of the many lives is really an excellent work done by Elaine. Though ambition for many people all may not accomplish the object of their vision. But Elaine is such kind of person who can reach the destination till the end without hesitation. Their high quality photos have reached hospitals in the most remote corners of the world and continue to expand to others. The founder's efficient organizational and resourceful skills continue to be a pillar of the organization. May all hospitals and patients benefit from this organization. It is a great pleasure for us to share our experience and interaction with Foundation and also with Elaine and hope through this Foundation the services can reach to many more hospitals and the patients can recover very soon with these photographs. Mrs. Rajani Suram, Executive Director, KISES, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Our senses make our feelings and visual experience is one of many. Being healthy and able to go outside and see things seems normal and because of that we are not aware of everyday wonders around us any more. Being ill and staying in hospital bedrooms inside of 4 walls we start to miss those things and become aware of them but they are far away. Elaine's ideas and photos bring them back to people. Photos serve as a window through hospital walls which brings patient's thoughts to past and future beautiful experiences.