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Is Visual Art good for your wellbeing?

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    Posted: 15 January 2019 at 17:05
I've been interested in this topic for quite a while, in part to give a justification for my photography effort, but also because linking visual art, photography for us, to the wellbeing of our viewers is a fascinating topic that is worth exploring.

I found quite a lot of scientific evidence and I presented it in my blog:

https://carucci.photography/blogs/blog/visual-art-is-good-for-your-wellbeing

Schedule some time, there's a lot to read if you want to go deep. I summed it up for you:


“Art in hospitals is generally viewed positively by both patients and staff. A qualitative evaluation of the Exeter Healthcare Arts Project found that the display of visual arts in that hospital was perceived by patients, staff and visitors to have a positive effect on morale.”

“The fact that patients frequently express a preference for landscape and nature scenes is consistent with this observation and with evolutionary psychological theories which predict positive emotional responses to flourishing natural environments.”


Let me know what you think.
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Scientific evidence or not (and that's coming from a Scientist!), I strongly hold the view that visual art is most definitely good for your (and others) wellbeing. Be it for relaxation, stress relief, a moment (or longer) to 'mull over' a point, to take in one's surroundings and thoughts and to make sense of them in some small way.

For me, personally, photography gives me an opportunity to channel my efforts into something that I feel rewards my efforts and which may, with luck and possibly good judgement, bring joy and delight to others. It's not for profit, it's not a race or competition - it's all about communicating my inner feelings and what I 'saw' at the time of taking the image.

Sharing images in a Hospital environment would be a great avenue in which to share my work - if nothing else, thank you for brining that opportunity to me.

best regards, Neil.
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Thanks for the insight, Neil!

I also want to try to focus not much on the benefits on me, but on bringing those to others. That is for me a powerful motivation. Photography is too often too self-centered.
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