Several years ago I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in Florence and I came across Elaine's Photo Art in Hospital Foundation and it intrigued me.
After meeting with her and learning of her foundation and its goals in placing beautiful photographs from around the globe to dress the bare white walls of hospitals, I was further taken back. I came to learn that her foundation was set up to encourage a talent as well as offer support to the weak. But what exactly did this mean?.
She encourages talented photographers, amateur or professional, to donate their photographs of natural beauty and in turn with the funding raising activities, she builds a fund that can then frame the photographs and send them to hundreds of hospitals across the world, from our developed countries to the poorest.
As a psychologist I can recognise how significant such a simple act of placing beauty in our visual sight has a direct effect in stimulating our mental wellbeing. There have also been a number of studies to show how our mental state effects our physical state, and so this subtle act of placing beauty in generally a very depressing space such a hospitals, is an incredibly powerful tool and message to our minds, consciously and unconsciously, the effects are profound as just having a positive state of mine affects our recovery rate.
Elaine has out done herself with her dedication and devotion to such a great cause, and through helping her with funding raising events and communication, I am so proud and happy to have contributed even slightly to her growing popularity.
Everyone needs hope and inspiration and that is what I feel Elaine does so well in her foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals. Well done Elaine!! you deserve the best for the goodness you share!
What an amazing non-profit organization! Their beautiful nature photos bring comfort to so many patients, families, and medical staff in hospitals and medical facilities around the world. Keep up the amazing work!
Finding Elaine Poggi and The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc., has been one of the most inspiring events to have happened to my partner and myself. We have been moved by their relentless mission to heal through art. Having begun now to work with Elaine and the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, has been pivotal in allowing us to carry on her mission here locally in Los Angeles, and it has profoundly changed our lives. In turn we hope to pay in forward. This could not have happened without the guidance, kindness and generosity of Elaine and the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals.
Truly heartwarming and loving to know so much beauty is being shared with those who need it the most!!
The foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals Inc has made a huge difference in hospitals around the world. My story is simple. My husband had an aortic tear. He nearly died. When they finally took out his breathing tube he said the photograph of underwater corals in his room made him feel alive. The colors made him want to see them for himself, and when he was the most depressed the colors made him feel better. No one is in a hospital because they are well. Color, life and beauty in a photograph can and do make a difference in how the person who is ill feels. It helps the sick to get better.
We were thrilled with our beautiful photographic artwork we received from The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. All of the pictures were so beautiful, it was hard to choose a select few for our department! Patients love looking at them! Many thanks for these beautiful additions to our facility!!
Specialty Services Department
Marshall Browning Hospital Du Quoin, IL
When my uncle passed away, I wanted to honor his memory somehow. He had lots of beautiful photos from his travels, and I was looking for a way to do something positive with them. I came across Photo Art in Hospitals Inc. and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to share his work. Elaine graciously accepted a photo he took from a trip he took to Alaska. That trip was significant for him because it is what he had focused on while in the hospital, promising himself that when he recovered, he would take the journey- and he did.
Now, I'm glad the photo can be shared as an image of peace and optimism. I'm glad to hear it resides in over 20 hospitals and clinics, across the US. That's amazing- I appreciate the opportunity and Elaine's commitment to this work.
As a contributing photographer to the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, I'm acutely aware of the impact that nature photography can have on those in severely stressful situations. Originally, I was inspired to become a contributing photographer by my aunt, who revered nature, yet was mobility impaired and chronically ill; my focus became nature photography for healthcare settings to alleviate the stress of patients, their families and caregivers, and help improve patient outcomes in clinical settings. Very recently, this focus has become particularly personal for me, having been recently diagnosed with, and undergoing treatment for breast cancer. As a patient with multiple visits to clinical settings in any given week, artwork and nature scenes have a particularly calming impact.
With many healthcare facilities lacking an artwork budget, the foundation places artwork in facilities all over the world.
Working with an organization such as the Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals, was an incredible eye opening opportunity. I was able to experience how the foundation impacts lives of others first hand during our donation process with St. Luke's Hospital. One of my favorite parts was how appreciative and extremely grateful the staff members were as they repeatedly told Janell and I thank you for coming to them with the donation lifting patient's spirits. I was inspired by how many lives the foundation's work is able to touch around the world. It's simply amazing. It was our pleasure to help spread the work of the foundation through social media while both Janell and I were more than willing to help Elaine with whatever we could. Thank you, Elaine, for continuing to give students a fantastic opportunity to work along with the foundation.
It has been such a privilege and humbling experience to work for the Foundation of Photo/Art in Hospitals for the past couple months. Through this opportunity, I've gotten to see first hand how much of a difference this foundation can make in the lives of others. During the hanging process of the photos at St. Luke's Hospital, there were countless patients commenting on how beautiful the art looked and how the photos really caught their attention. What I love most about this foundation is how such a small organization can make such a big difference all around the world. I also felt very appreciated throughout this entire experience working for Elaine and her foundation. Even doing the simplest things such as posting on social media goes a long way, and Danielle and I can both agree that it was our pleasure helping Elaine with whatever we could. I'd like to thank Elaine for giving Danielle and I the opportunity to work for her Foundation this semester and thank you for continuing to make a difference!