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!
My experience with the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has been extremely enjoyable. I worked with Elaine to start a project at a local hospital here in Duluth, MN. I was astounded by the positive impact of the foundation on not only the patients who visit the hospital, but the employees that work there as well. I was able to experience this first hand by hanging up the photos around the hospital and interviewing the employees who work there. They had nothing but positive responses and incredible stories. I believe this foundation does wonders for people all around the world and find it pretty cool to know many contributing photographers that share their work worldwide.
I found out about The Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals, Inc. during my research when I was seeking children's hospitals to donate some of my nature art to. I e-mailed the Foundation, and right away, Ms. Elaine Poggi responded, thanking me for my interest in their work, and included the guidelines for their Contributing Photographers Program. She also asked me to send her a few photos from my gallery. I did, and that is how my extremely pleasant relationship with her and the Foundation began.
As a result, I am now a happy and proud contributor to the photographers program! Ms. Poggi has made my experience so pleasant, enjoyable, and exciting! She chose one of my favorite pictures from my collection, my "Regal Red Camellia," for inclusion in the program and has already displayed it on her Foundation's beautiful Web site. This camellia also appears in my You Tube video which I have attached here on my first video art exhibition.
I meet many people for the first time whom I seem to have a really great and special connection with, and Ms. Poggi is definitely one of them! Her personality is extremely down-to-earth in a very kind, caring, and warm way. I am truly, truly thankful that she has allowed me this awesome honor and privilege to be a part of her extraordinary Foundation, and I look forward to working more closely with her!
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!
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!
I came across Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals through another website several years ago. After reading about what Elaine Poggi does with her photographs and photographs of Contributing Photographers for hospitals around the world I immediately emailed her and wanted to donate one of my photographs. I have donated two photographs the past two years and both are framed and hanging in the Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy. What Elaine does is really amazing- placing beautiful nature photographs from around the world into hospitals around the world to brighten the walls, the spirits of patients, caregivers and their families. I am honored to donate my photographs to this most worthy cause. Dolores Kiriacon, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
I have told my photographer friends about this foundation which is doing so much for the communities that they exhibit in. I would recommend this site to anyone who is looking to give back.
I found Foundation for Photo Art in Hospital on the internet and i found it a cool thing. It was a privilage to join with them in the way I can help someone feel happy and well. I am not a doctor but I could make someone smile and feel at peace with my pictures..Thank you for the opertunity for me to join in.
Wish you all the best
I am excited to be a Contributing Photographer for this wonderful nonprofit. Their mission is to provide beautiful photographic art to brightened up hospitals in low resource areas around the world. This helps to enhance healing by lifting the spirits of patients, family members and all the wonderful staff who work in these settings. By offering healing art for free to these hospitals, it becomes possible for there to be beauty on the walls where none has existed before. This is a very high output, low overhead organization that has inspired over 250 international photographers to donate the use of their images in support of this great cause.
David Foster, Atlanta, GA USA
I find this non-profit foundation very helpful to sick people, especially those who are confined in a treatment institutions. The foundation is an instrument of the creator to bring life to those who need it most. God bless this foundation. Spread more love !
The Mission of Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals is simple. They provide printed works of beautiful art to hospitals worldwide. I was very pleased how quickly the selection process went and I received lots of suggestions from them on ways I can assist this non profit to reach even more hospitals! I encourage artists to become contributers to this great program.
We often feel powerless when it comes to helping others. Sometimes we lack the means or simply don't know how.
I have found that it is the small things that often make the difference. Simple gestures we overlook and don't think about on a day to day basis.
For the ones who are lucky enough to go about the world and capture its beauty with a photo the Foundation offers the easiest way to share that moment with people who are less fortunate and dont have the same opportunity.
I am honoured my photo can be shared and hopefully bring some joy to anyone who sees it.
Voluntad contra el cancer Reynosa Rio Bravo, AC wish to express our depest grattitude to the FUNDATION for Photo Art in Hospitals, INC for their amaizing donation of 26 pictures that now are decoring our Hematology Pediatrics Unit at Reynosa´s Materno Infantil Hospital in Mexico. They aren´t just decoring our area, they are signs of a more greater love for kids facing cancer, with their talent this generous Photographers who are in this Foundation, give hope, love and the opportunity of developing greater dreams for our kids, cause in every photography there is a name, a country, a place....just to let them know they are special and care for, from all over the world. In the name of our kids THANK YOU. Special thanks to Elaine Poggi for all she did to make sure we got them.
Elaine is a jewel! So encouraging and helpful in the process.. You can feel her heart and warmth and compassion.