This month I would like to introduce you to another new image, "Parched", that I have added to the Out of the Grey collection. The collection can currently be seen at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where it is on display until October 2nd.
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A reminder that for the duration that Out of the Grey is resident at Addenbrooke's hospital, I am having a sale on all my prints. With discounts of up to 50% and prices starting at only £75 for an exhibition quality print, it is an opportunity not to be missed!
In recent years, a growing body of evidence has been compiled proving the value of the arts in healthcare settings. In 2007, The Department of Health issued its first ever review of arts in health which recognised that the arts “are, and should be firmly recognised as being, integral to health, healthcare provision and healthcare environments, including supporting staff”.
In fact I have witnessed this effect myself when I brought images to show a dear friend in hospital. The photos were partly from a shared trip we had been on and I simply hoped to remind her of happier times. More than that however, in the terminal stages of a painful disease she found escapism and joy.
Recent research at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital found:
1) 75% of patients found the presence of art in the hospital reduced stress levels
2) Patients exposed to visual arts and live music during the preoperative process showed significantly lower levels of anxiety and depression than patients who were prepared for surgery in the absence of the arts
3) Patients exposed to visual art and live music during the post-operative period required less analgesia per day than patients recovering in the absence of visual art and live music. These patients also stayed 1 day less in hospital
Elephant (Loxodonta africana) – Etosha National Park, Namibia
Photographed in the dry season, the mud flaking off him mimics the parched earth on which he stands.
As the season wears on, just as the mud has dried and cracked so the rivers and water holes gradually disappear leaving islands of life concentrated around the little water that is left.
By digging down with their tusks elephants uncover water beneath the surface providing a critical lifeline for themselves and many other animals during these drought conditions.
This image was taken in the late afternoon at the water hole at Okaukuejo, in the heart of Etosha National Park. A fantastic spot to observe wildlife coming to drink, while relaxing with a sundowner yourself. Cheers!
Taken with a Canon 1DX and Canon 300L II 2.8 at 1/800 second (ISO 200)
Technically this was not particularly demanding. However, with the narrow depth of field at f2.8, it was critical that the focus was precisely on the eye.
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