PHOTOGRAPHIC GREEN SPACES®️
Nature. It’s good for us.
Even photographs of nature can 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.
She aims to amplify these healthy effects with Photographic Green Spaces: custom curated, immersive collections of her work, tastefully suited to your space. You choose the photos or Rebecca collaborates with you. Rebecca’s on a mission: Do something good for people, and do something good for nature. We donate to nature-supporting nonprofits with every sale. In your home or office, in print or digital display, you can bring nature 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 have been widely studied and replicated in research laboratories and field studies across the world for decades. But in the last 10 years new technology has allowed for more sophisticated, real-time measurements, rapidly expanding the field.
Countries studying nature’s effects include: Japan, England, Germany, South Africa, USA, Scotland, Netherlands, Korea, India, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Norway, China, Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Brazil, Spain, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Turkey, France
By scientists and faculty from top universities: Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, 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 World Health Organization. As of 2017, 84% of the US population was urban.
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 wide-spread mental health challenges, and “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.
OUR PICTURE OF HEALTH
The UN’s WHO: There is no health without mental health. Mental health is more than the absence of mental disorders.
In health and visual art studies, nature photography ranks at the top in its positive effects on our brains and bodies. Accenting our homes and offices with quality nature photography art can therefore serve as form and function.
In America 1 in 5 adults experiences mental illness in any given year, and 1 in 5 kids has a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide; and with anxiety, result in a global economic loss of $1 trillion every year
A work environment either promotes or hinders health
Working in modern settings has been epidemiologically linked to stress-related illnesses like anxiety, depression and hypertension
Over 217 million days of work in the US are lost annually from mental illness-related productivity decline and substance abuse disorders
Each year, this costs US employers $20 billion, and an estimated $80-$100 billion in indirect costs
Humans have evolved in nature for over 6 million years since our primate days. Now we spend over 90% of our time indoors, and the majority of our waking hours at work. Is it any wonder that:
People who work in an environment enriched by plants and artwork are more productive, report better wellbeing, have higher levels of job satisfaction, and are less likely to leave
Biophilic design, natural elements, and nature photos are valued resources which make employees more comfortable, and more likely to have positive attitudes toward their jobs and companies
Aware of the science, half of US hospitals use arts programs for healing; nature photography scoring highest on efficacy
Nature photos provide unobtrusive and inexpensive stress and anxiety management methods. — Netherlands study by Beukeboom, et al
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 brains’ cognitive function - our ability to pay attention, comprehend, learn, perceive and intuit
Have a restorative effect on mental fatigue
Allow 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 and success in commercial photo production as well as the phycological wellness sector uniquely positions her to work with photography and 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 studied elements in nature photos - shapes, colors and content, found to be particularly beneficial or detrimental to mood and health. Rebecca incorporates this into her work.
Her scope of work is diverse, offering variety. Beyond landscapes, she specializes in flora and nature rich in fractal and fibonacci patterns, which are known to be soothing to the human brain.
Rebecca is likely one of the most learned nature photographers in nature photography’s positive physical effects and 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”
We Give Back Together
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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Science referenced comes directly from actual scientific studies or official government and industry reports. For formal inquiries, citations available upon request.
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