LOGO

02 Dec 22 300 0 0

Healing Photo Art Uses Photographic Art as Part of its Healing Process

Cool Story - Healing Photo Art Uses Photographic Art as Part of its Healing Process

 

 

Being in a hospital for any reason can be a frightening experience. The plain, white walls can give patients a sense of boredom. The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals, or simply Healing Photo Art, is a different kind of non-profit. Their mission is to create a better hospital environment through their photographs. Healing Photo Art will place calming photos on the hospital walls. These photographs help to add color and cheer to the hospital. Looking at the photographs also give patients, their families, and the hospital workers a sense of calm and serenity. The photos are usually of natural subjects, like beaches. Healing Photo Art depends on funding to cover the prices of activities like shipping, so the photos can be of little or no cost to the hospitals.     

 

Healing Photo Art was founded by a photographer named Elaine Poggi in 2002. While Elaine was born and raised in Florence, Italy, she left in 2001 after her mother was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Elaine stayed with her mother for about three months, giving her important assistance and companionship. However, she and her mother felt constantly lonely, looking at the bare white hospital walls all day. Wanting to make a change, Elaine used photographs of underwater landscapes and Florence to decorate her mother’s room. These photographs gave a sense of comfort and happiness to the once-dreary room. Elaine’s mother found that the new decorations lifted up her spirit, and soon the whole hospital was talking about the photos.  

 

After her mother died, Elaine ventured back to Florence, and had a realization. If those photos had given her mother such happiness, then perhaps she could do the same for other patients! Drawing on her previous understanding of what photos could do, Elaine set out to do the same in other hospitals. Her desire is to give those staying in hospitals the same joy she gave her mother by placing soothing nature and landscape photos all around. Since founding Healing Photo Art, the yearning for Elaine’s photos has only increased. To date, over 7,000 photos have been administered to more than 400 health care spaces on all seven continents!  

 

The mission of Healing Photo Art is a simple one: to place calming photos in hospitals everywhere. However, the simple act of using these photographs has an incredible impact. Nature art has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in hospital patients. Healing Photo Art supports the research that connects the link between a camper hospital environment and a patient’s mental and physical health. Patients are the people that Healing Photo Art helps the most. Evidence shows that these photos can help to lower blood pressure, lessen the need for medication, and provide a distraction from the stress of being at the hospital.  

 

Healing Photo Art uses the most up-to-date research in their work. There have been both American and Italian studies. The most important study, “Beyond traditional treatment… establishing art as therapy,” was conducted by three cancer centers in Italy – Ancona, Perugia, and Messin. The study showed that the patients greatly preferred the walls to be decorated with art, as opposed to being left blank. 

 

One hospital where Healing Photo Art made its impact is Byron Bay Hospital. Jim Hourigan distributed 30 photos to the hospital’s Mental Health Unit. Kathryn Blaich, the Senior Occupational Therapist at Tuckeroo, deeply appreciated what Jim was doing for the hospital. "Art and nature are very powerful healing modalities, so to have these pictures hanging around the unit will be wonderful for the people staying here,” she had said.  

 

To find out how to donate to Healing Photo Art, click here: https://healingphotoart.org/donate/. To find out other ways to get involved, click here: https://healingphotoart.org/get-involved/

 

Sources: 

 

View Details

Get inspired by these stories and start your own cool deeds. Let’s fill every neighborhood with good and cool activities. Start your first GroupUp activity or event, invite others, register participants & share your cool deeds so others can follow. Use CoolDeeds.com absolutely free tools to start your initiative. All for FREE, click here to start now.

Step 1: CREATE THE EVENT/ACTIVITY:

Get inspiration and pick a date and create an "Event / Group Up" at www.cooldeeds.com. It is absolutely FREE. There are so many ideas on www.CoolDeeds.com, let's take one and go with it or come up with your own ideas and start something good and cool in your neighborhood. Click here to get started.

Step 2: ANNOUNCE & INVITE:

Share it on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts to announce. Send an invite to your friends, neighbors and family to join the "Event / Group Up".

Step 3: PERFORM EVENT & FEEL GOOD:

Perform the event, take images, videos, and share on www.CoolDeeds.com to inspire the world so others can do the same in their community and neighborhood.

You did it.......Even if you did this alone, you should be proud of yourself as we surely are. Let's start creating an "Event / Group Up" today. Please note CoolDeeds.com is absolutely FREE for all the above activities. Our only purpose is to spread good and cool activities everywhere.

#Non-Profits
Roca, the Chelsea nonprofit working to prevent violence, gets a royal visit

Prince William and Princess Kate, members of the British royal family, are in Boston this week for the Earth shot Prize, which awards million-dollar s...

0

2

0

#Non-Profits
Nonprofit vows to offer free nursing training to 400 Texans per year

More than 50 nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Texas weren't the only thing Dwyer Workforce Development acquired when it paid $590 million to p...

0

65

0

#Non-Profits
Maine healthcare nonprofit receives $9 million windfall from billionaire MacKenzie Scott

The Maine Health Access Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Augusta, doesn't try to solicit donations from the general public, much less from famo...

0

90

0

#Non-Profits
Non-profits affected by inflation hope for a generous season of giving

According to data released this week, inflation may be somewhat declining, but many individuals are still having trouble making ends meet. Families i...

0

71

0

#Non-Profits
M.V. Nonprofit Offering Food Pantry Services

Residents of the Moapa Valley are benefiting from new chances thanks to a recently founded nonprofit group called "Brooke's Good Deeds." The group lau...

0

90

0

#Non-Profits
The 10 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon in 2022

Congratulations to all the charities who made it to this year's list of the 100 Best Nonprofits to Work For in Oregon for 2022. Employers continue to...

0

81

0

#Non-Profits
Strengthening cyber defenses for nonprofits

Over the past year, a staggering number of crises – from the global to the intensely personal – have emerged and persisted. When it comes ...

0

115

0

#Non-Profits
Help Victory4All non-profit organisation, facing another break-in

At their Rainbow Village Center in Humansdorp, a local non-profit organisation called Victory4All, which provides for the educational and dietary need...

0

95

0

#Non-Profits
Helping Wheels Wrap Up – Helping Nanaimo’s Non-profits

How much a year can change everything. Additionally, it was a year of change-making for Helping Wheels. People in Nanaimo nominated neighborhood non-...

0

203

0

#Non-Profits
'Small town, big heart': How a nonprofit collective is leading Guadalupe's transformation

A nonprofit organization named Los Amigos de Guadalupe is one of the main forces behind the expansion, redevelopment, and revitalization of Guadalupe,...

0

103

0

#Non-Profits
Non-Profits make Halloween more inclusive for those with disabilities and health concerns

However, they offer valuable advice you can use to make your home welcome on Halloween Night. Nonprofits in the Greater Rochester Area gave persons wi...

0

95

0

#Non-Profits
Nonprofit organization’s response to disasters vital

Non-profit groups can offer crucial assistance to low-resource families, businesses, and governmental entities as the frequency and severity of natura...

0

115

0