My experience with Elaine Poggi and the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals (healingphotoart.org) has been nothing but amazing. Not only did Elaine take an immediate and gracious interest in my work, but, since I happen to work in a hospital, she made a very, very generous offer of a contribution to us, which I forwarded to my administrators.
Elaine is the REAL THING in a world increasingly bereft of authenticity and integrity. If you have quiet, colorful, contemplative nature-scapes of any kind and you want your photographic efforts to actually MEAN something in someone's life, help her out! Two enthusiastic thumbs up, and five stars only because I can't give her ten!
The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals provides beautiful, uplifting, encouraging artwork to the patients, their families, and the untiring staff of medical institutions who otherwise could not afford it. I am honored to have contributed to this cause, and if I can help relieve the physical and mental pain of just one patient or caregiver, then my job is done. This is a truly worthwhile cause -- everybody needs more art in their lives, especially those under incredible amounts of stress day in and day out.
I am brand new to photography and was supported, encouraged and patiently assisted by the Founder. Elaine offered gentle instructions, answered questions and provided much needed guidance through the process of submitting photos for the cause!
As an artist I wanted to use my love of the arts and my artwork to help others. In researching for foundation I would like to get involved with, Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals inc, was one which really spoke to me because it was open to all hospitals around the world, but mostly because we are all affected by making the hospital environment a more welcoming and pleasant one. It’s mission is simple but can truely change the hospital stay of someone. Plus Elaine the person in charge of the foundation has been extremely welcoming and has made the process of getting involved so easy. I am proud to be able to participate in this great program and hope my art will help brighten up some someone’s hospital stay
My students had an assignment to create nature photography and they read about Ms Poggi's foundation and wanted to contribute their work. We were so pleased to have had two photos selected for inclusion. We hope to contribute more work in the future
-Digital photography Class from Mission San Jose HS
Fremont, CA 2018
A fantastic service that I'm so happy to be a part of. Elaine was very professional yet so humble and easy to deal with. So glad I can share my passion where it can make a difference to someone's health and wellbeing in a positive way! I Look forward to sharing more photos with this program in the future.
I interned for Foundation this spring and it was an incredibly rewarding process, I learned a ton and got to be apart of a movement that helped people all across the world. I want to thank Elaine for her time and insight and I hope to do work with the foundation again in the future.
This last semester, Spring 2018, while I was studying abroad in Italy, I had the opportunity to intern for Elaine Poggi at the Foundation of Photo Art in Hospitals. It was an amazing experience to learn about Elaines goals for the foundation and then also get the chance to see it come to life. I had the opportunity to accompany Elaine to some of the hospitals where she has placed her photos and was able to see how much beauty and life these photos bring. Elaine has a wonderful mission with her foundation and I was lucky enough to work along side her and see the difference she is making in hospitals throughout the world.
I was told about this foundation through a family friend , and I thought I could share a few of my photos and hope that they could bring s smile to peoples faces. It’s an honor knowing that just from my snapping a few pictures now and then can help to brighten someone’s day.
What it means being a contributing photographer.
“Your photography is a record of your living, for anyone who really sees.”
There are various methods for making life events and scenery more interesting, enjoyable and people-centered; photography is one of them. Photography makes subjects like the environment, heritage, nature, people, festivals, places, and even healthcare, more interesting and meaningful for the public and the health professionals who serve the public.
Photography mirrors reality, it’s an art as well as science; it captures and reproduces reality with accuracy. It spans the range of human needs, both practical and emotional. Photography provides the thrill of catching and freezing a moment, a scene, a smile, a movement, an object, nature, and looking back at it. It is a creative art physically and psychologically. The pride of reproducing a moment encourages the photographer to look at the world through her or his own eyes.
I feel great knowing my photos have helped give comfort and hope to patients and their families, visitors and caregivers. Photography, art, and pictures are necessary, like music, to make a health care facility homey and relaxing. Sterility is an important issue for a facility’s health care personnel, patients, and procedures, but not for its walls.
My attention was brought to Healing Photo Art upon moving to Italy to study abroad, as it was where I interned for the semester. Upon working with the organization, alas on more of a tech and media side of things, I was able to learn what the organization was and did on a more personal note. Being able to meet patients, doctors, and medical staff at Careggi Hospital in Florence and hear their personal stories and see in person the drastic impact the art makes brought much more depth and meaning to the work I was doing on a daily basis. I was honored when Elaine asked me to become a contributing photographer after talking about our mutual passion for photography and the arts in general. I am a firm believer that the arts have a healing power that is beyond any technology we can develop, and I formerly saw this with the power of music (I am a concert cellist) and now I see it with the photography. To be able to know that patients, families, caregivers, and others in the medical facilities can be brought a sense of calm, relaxation, or simply distraction amidst feelings that can be otherwise quite nerve-wracking and stressful is incredibly fulfilling. If a single person's life is changed for the better due to this, then it is worth every bit of making it possible.
I have worked with the Foundation this past semester as an intern and through doing so, have been provided an in-depth look at the effects it has throughout the world. Through hearing others' stories and especially through talking with doctors in facilities that have undergone a transformation at the hands of the Foundation, I have been given a glimpse into the very tangible effects artwork has on the lives of individuals.
In addition, I am a contributing photographer and I look forward to staying connected to the Foundation in this capacity as the mission speaks personally to me since I am a firm believer that art, whether painting, photography, music, or any other medium, has a profound positive impact on everyone, but especially in this context, those struggling with a variety of medical/mental conditions.
When I began to practice photography as a hobby I discovered how therapeutic it is to be out in nature capturing the beautiful light and life that surrounds us. Being able to share this gift with others makes it even more meaningful. Particularly when I can share it with people who may not have the ability to witness these places in person. I welcome viewers of my photos to stand in my place and imagine just for a moment that they are in a world of pure serenity.
As a health care professional myself, I understand how trying it can be to spend hours, days, and months inside a clinic or hospital. I am so glad this organization exists to enable me to provide some comfort to those who are giving and receiving care as well as their families. The thought that my photo may provide even a glimmer of hope to someone who is going through a difficult time in their life makes me proud beyond words.
This semester I had the opportunity to volunteer as an intern for the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals. I was able to connect with the Foundation through a course I am currently in at the University of Minnesota Duluth. I worked closely with founder Elaine Poggi, who is involved in working with hospitals and clinics from around the world, accomplishing the Foundation's mission - donating large framed nature photos from around the world to bring comfort and joy to hospitals, patients, families and staff. As an intern I worked to reach out to hospitals and clinics to donate photos. I also worked with the Foundation's social media account and designed two promotional videos. The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is an amazing organization dedicated to healing through art photography. I have enjoyed learning from Elaine and working with the Foundation this past semester. I have learned so much about community outreach, photography, and working for a non-profit organization.
Jenny Rainbow Fine Art Photography
I discovered Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals simply in Google search when I was looking for healing art in healthcare industry. Im a photographer and do a lot of nature photos which I consider as healing art which can help for the ill people to relieve with the pain and negative thoughts.
When I found Photo Art in Hospitals site I decided that my art definitely could be a part of this missionary program and applied for participation.
Elaine, the president of the foundation was quick with her answer and review on my application and made the process go fast and smooth.
Im proud to be the part of such program and grateful for Elaine who accepted my request to join this great team!
May it be more people in the world as Elaine and the life will be much brighter and lighter.
I am honored to have one of my photos featured on the "Healing Photo Art" website. My goal is to have my healing photos placed in hospitals. I am committed to bringing the world more peace and to help heal souls! Kristi D.
My website is www.kristikollections.com.
I love this foundation! Truly focused and motivated to help others and create a surreal positive environment.
Foundation for Photos/Art in Hospitals is such a rewarding foundation to be a part of. I was able to volunteer with this foundation through a program offered by the University of Minnesota – Duluth. I had the privilege of working with Elaine Poggi, and was able to get some photos from the foundation hung up in the Mount Royal Clinic in Duluth, MN. I had a wonderful time working with the foundation and different hospitals to get these amazing photographs in front of patients. Everyone I worked with during this process was so excited about the photos. I am very thankful for the experience I received from working with this foundation.
Healing Photo Art is a wonderful non-profit, and Elaine Poggi is a wonderful person. I became interested in the company when my Identity Design class at college tasked us all to choose a non-profit organization to redesign the logo, pro bono, and their work and mission was touching to me.
I was able to skype with Elaine a week ago, and after we had talked, I was able to send out some of my photography and work to her, which was then put on the website to later be put in hospitals for people to see, and I couldn't be happier to have my work be a part of this organization.
It's so great that Elaine and her team are doing this.
Healing happens in so many ways and this is good for patients and staff alike.
I am student at the University of Minnesota Duluth and interned with the foundation this last semester! It was nothing but an honor interning with such an incredible foundation. I also became a contributing photographer and am very excited that my photograph is already in Australia and Duluth, MN.
I believe that art in hospitals is a necessity and the Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals is providing hope to patients, staff, and family all around the world!