I first learned of Elaine Poggi's work several years ago when I was in her hometown of Sparta, Illinois taping a story about a local artist (I'm a Public Television producer. I contacted Elaine in Italy and on her next trip to the states, I produced a profile of her and her foundation. I've been following the organization's growth ever since. I've been very impressed by the increasing numbers of high-caliber photographers volunteering their time to improve the quality of life for patients. From its beginnings, the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals has been enthusiastically received by hospital staffs and the people for whom they care. It is most worthy of recognition.
Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals 06/24/2012
Thanks so much, Ruth, for writing this wonderful review. I really appreciate it. And, of course, I am grateful for the great TV segment that you produced for "Living St. Louis" about the Foundation. Thank you!! Best, Elaine
The photos are amazing! Seeing a display of Elaine's photos in a hospital setting immediately made me remember the power of a beautiful photograph. You immediately become relaxed and most of your fears drift away which is important in a hospital setting. They are all so beautiful. After seeing her displays, I came back and finished hanging photos in my office. I now have a more relaxed atmosphere where I spend a lot of my time. Keep up the wonderful work Elaine.
When entering a hospital setting - one is nervous and apprehensive to say the least. By having beautiful artwork in hospitals the atmosphere becomes less sterile and more comforting to the patient, bringing a sense of calm in a otherwise nervous setting.
I have been following the Artistic Photographs that have been donated to the Foundation for photo art in hospitals. Inc for many years. The efforts have grown immensely and Elaine Poggi, the principle inspirator, travels to many places and has an eye for beauty. She thinks of this Foundation many times a day I think, taking pictures of beautiful moments, hanging them on walls where sick people can focus on such beauty. I am sure this helps distract patients and give them a moment's peace of mind amidst difficulties with bad health. Elaine is very generous with her time and her funding, it certainly seems an expensive affair printing out such large photos and acquiring excellent equipment to take them. I know they are appreciated immensely by both patients and visitors of hospitals.
Having been hospitalized (several times), I can fully appreciate folks like the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals. Although I've seen artwork in the public ares, I noticed there's very little in the rooms. I've mentioned the Foundation to staff, but got little interest. It may be a liability thing, though. Anyway, kudos to Elaine for what she's doing!
Elaine has done wonderful work, her photo's are amazing and i know deep down they help out lots of people who need a little hope in there life to pull them self out of there rut that people get in when sick or down and not feeling well. She enjoys going to these places to explore and take the photos as much as she enjoys doing the art for the hospitals. The foundation for photo art in hospitals is wonderful and does more good then they will ever know!
I could not write this if I had not personely seen the effect the photos have on paitients, but they have great effects on them and yes I think this foundation should be rated 5 star, 10 if it were availbe. My grandmother loved viewing the photos and it brought great joy to her imaging she were there in the photos.
Few foundations maintain the highest levels of quality on all fronts--especially as they become more established. This Foundation is one of them. It has been successful in consistently achieving its goals of providing peace to people who are suffering at the end of their life. 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.
I have known Elaine Poggi for 40 years and can attest to her absolute conviction, undying empathy and enthusiastic determination to bring light and comfort to others who are in need. She has found a wonderful way to put together her talent and her dedication by contributing her photographic art work to hospital settings around the world. I am a fellow photographer and appreciate her use of the camera to make pleasing scenes for those patients confined to hospital spaces, medical staffs and visitors to enjoy.
I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Elaine Poggi and learn of the wonderful work the Foundation for Photo Art in Hospitals in 2004. Our Auxiliary was looking for something to brighten our patient rooms. Once we spoke with Elaine and saw first had some of her photo art, we knew we had found what we were looking for. Her photo art was filled with her passion for photography and was sure to brighten and lift the spirits of our patients, families, visitors and the staff. We felt fortunate to be able to purchase such high quality art on a relatively low budget. As we expected (and hoped), the photo art was very well received by our patients, etc. Many asked questions about the photographer and where were some of the pictures taken, etc. This photo art is truly "healing art".