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Rebuilding Together - A very cost effective way to improve housing for the poor.

May 7th, 2012

Rebuilding Together - A very cost effective way to improve housing for the poor.

Last Sat, I volunteered to photograph the rehabbing of two houses by Rebuilding Together. They were rehabbing 22 houses that day altogether. Today I finished processing the photos. The owners were very greatful to the Heartland Bank & Boeing teams who rehabbed the two houses I shot.

Evidence based design

August 19th, 2011

Evidence based design

There is a mounting body of research evidence that has lead to a field called, "Evidence based design" for medical facilities. It has shown that patients in medical facilities such as surgical care units are able to be dischared significantly earlier, take fewer pain medications, and take fewer sedative medications when their environment includes engrossing images (usually photographs) of nature scenes. Here's a resource for more info on this topic:
http://bit.ly/ArtsInHealthCare

Making customers feel better - a chiropractic case study

July 10th, 2011

Making customers feel better - a chiropractic case study

A chiropractor was remodeling her office & therefore was thinking about what to put on the new walls. She chose to use this photograph. To me it makes perfect sense. She's in the business of making her customers feel better & I do believe having this available for them to view while in her treatment room will help do just that in addition to her chiropractic care itself. A happy customer is a repeat customer. A happy customer gives referrals. A happy customer makes a happy provider. Not a bad idea for a dentist to install on his ceiling, eh?

Happy 4th everyone

July 4th, 2011

Happy 4th everyone

Wishing everone a happy 4th of July. Fireworks are inspiring.

Creativity continued

June 30th, 2011

Creativity continued

Continuing on the theme of stimulating creative juices, thinking outside the box can be stimulated by an environment showing examples of just that. Here's a photo I took of a ceiling light at the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. A very practical object that in this view looks almost totally abstract. This can make the point that what something is depends on how you look at it. The viewer brings something to the table just as the original designer does. One of my favorite things to do is make abstract art by photographing real objects. More on that to come in future blogs. When you want people to look at their issues/problems/challenges in a different way, from a new point of view, it doesn't hurt to have some examples of that process around the room. Perhaps they'll think, how can I view this issue differently that might lead to new options for solutions.

Stimulate Creativity

June 30th, 2011

Stimulate Creativity

Sometimes fine art is used to stimulate creativity in a home or office environment. Creativity tends to stimulate creativity, so surrounding yourself with work that sets that tone can help stimulate your own creativity. Perhaps a conference room or office is a good place to do this. I can't upload more than one photo per blog post, so I'll upload several in a row along this line to show some examples. This particular piece implies striving against obstacles. Not a bad message for a team that has to do the same. This piece was bought by an interior designer for use in his own home.

Advertising photo

June 25th, 2011

Advertising photo

One of my customers uses this photo I took for them to advertise their financial advisory services at a movie theater near their office. It is showing 40 times/day 365 days for one year. Our goal with this photo was to represent the friendly, helpful atmosphere the client feels when working with them. Did we succeed?

How art can help a business put customers in the mood

June 25th, 2011

How art can help a business put customers in the mood

In this blog, I'll be talking about how my fine art photography customers are using photography/art to help set the mood of their customers to make doing business with them easier & more successful. The Image attached is one that I sold to a financial advisor for the hallway leading to his office. His goal was to set an atmosphere that was somewhat like a country club lounge, but a little homier. You'll find this same piece in my gallery of St. Louis scenes, but as he already had some other artwork of New Orleans with subdued tones, I adjusted the tones in this one on my laptop while in his office to match his existing art work. He plans to use his office expense budget to buy two more art photos from me over time to complete the set filling his hallway. The intent is that customers or potential customers visiting his office will be helped into a good mood prior to even entering the portion of the office where he meets with them.