PHOTOGRAPHIC GREEN SPACES®️
Nature. It’s good for us.
Even photographs of nature have a multitude of health benefits.
In fact, stopping to view photographs of nature is actually a coping strategy, serving as mini restorative experiences that, in less than five minutes, can change your health for the better.
Let’s use this science!
Rebecca Arnold shoots nature that’s not only beautiful, but rich in elements shown to be particularly effective in improving mental and physical health.
A photographer with a purpose - to do something positive for people and nature, Rebecca aims to amplify these healthy effects with Photographic Green Spaces®, custom curated, immersive collections of her work, tastefully suited to your space. You can choose the photos or Rebecca can work with you. And, we donate to a nature-supporting nonprofit with every sale. Whether in your home or office, in print or digital display, you can bring nature’s benefits into your world!
“Wellbeing, sounds like vague psychospeak, but its impact is real. Enhancing it has been shown to add years to your life span.” - Florence Williams, award-winning author, "The Nature Fix”
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” - Lao Tzu
A NEW MOVEMENT
The benefits and restorative effect from exposure to nature has been studied for decades, but in the last 10 years new technology has allowed for more sophisticated, real-time measurements. Those benefits have been widely studied and replicated in research laboratories and field studies across the world in countries like:
Japan ● England ● South Africa ● United States ● Netherlands ● Korea ● India ● Italy ● Saudi Arabia ● Norway ● China ● Canada ● Germany ● Australia
Involved are scientists and faculty from top universities such as Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, Brown, University of California, Berkeley, and University of Michigan.
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein
In 2008, humans became an urban species. More people on earth now live in cities than not. - UN’s World Health Organization
Urbanization is increasing, as are its associated, stress-related diseases and mental disorders. Add the rise of technology and more screen time - too much of which is shown to literally change brain chemistry, and you have “indoor-itis,” which then can cause “nature deficit disorder.”
“Through our evolution, we’ve spent 99.9% of our time in nature. Every day we’re either comforted or discomforted by our surroundings, by how synchronized we are with nature.” — Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Ph.D. Lead scientist in Japan’s medically sanctioned, government-funded, multimillion-dollar Forest Bathing program.
AMERICA’S MENTAL STATE
1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness in any given year
1 in 5 American kids, ages 3 - 17, has a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder; 80% aren’t diagnosed nor treated
Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year
Over 217 million days of work are lost annually from mental illness-related productivity decline and substance abuse disorders (often self-medicating a mental illness)
Each year, this costs US employers $17 billion, and an estimated $80-$100 billion in indirect costs
“Nature photos provide unobtrusive and inexpensive stress and anxiety management methods.” - Netherlands study by Beukeboom
STUDIES SHOW PHOTOGRAPHS OF NATURE:
Reduce stress, anxiety and depression
Improve mood, productivity, creativity and resilience
Lower blood pressure, heart rate, and evoke positive feelings and self-esteem
Improve brain’s cognitive function - our ability to comprehend, learn, perceive and intuit
Allows your brain’s chatty, analytical “executive network” to rest, and kicks in your “default network,” the charismatic, creative, day-dreamer
Photos of nature are a top way to achieve a sense of awe. Awe has an anti-inflammatory effect which protects the body from chronic, long-term diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease
Enhance subjective vitality. When we feel vital, we cope better, feel better, and we feel enthusiasm and aliveness.
WHY REBECCA ARNOLD PHOTOGRAPHY?
Rebecca’s experience in the phycological wellness sector as well as commercial photo production field uniquely positions her for developing photography collections for wellness.
A realist, Rebecca uses no filters nor strong special effects on her photography. Studies show the more literal the nature photography - true to how it actually is, the more efficacious in supporting good health.
There are several known elements in nature photos in terms of shapes, colors and content that studies have found particularly beneficial or detrimental to mood and health. Rebecca incorporates this into her work.
Her scope of work has a rare diversity to it. Beyond landscapes, she specializes in flora and nature rich in fractal and fibonacci patterns, known to be soothing to the human brain.
Rebecca is likely one of the most learned nature photographers in the field of neurobiophilia.
“Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.” — John Berger, author of “About Looking”
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To inquire about speaking engagements on nature’s health effects, purchasing photos or creating a Photographic Green Space® in your home, office, office wellness zone or medical facility, shoot us an email.
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All photos and content ©Rebecca Arnold. All science referenced in bullet points pulled directly from scientific studies.
Now get outside into nature!
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after.” - Henry D. Thoreau