Monday, November 11th, 2019

PHH looking for ‘windows on daily life’ photos

Posted: Friday, September 13, 2019

Ed Beckner can’t get enough of taking photos of the world around him.

“I like capturing real life,” he says. “It’s a challenge. Take sunsets. They’re beautiful, but they’re hard to capture on film and have them look exactly the same as what your eye saw.”

Beckner has a good eye for photo-worthy moments, and some of his photos decorate the walls at Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH). From birds and seasonal landscapes to familiar structures and places, Beckner’s photos are wonderful windows on daily life in Huntington County.

If you’re a passionate photographer, your work could end up gracing the halls and spaces at PHH, too.

Like Beckner, Angie Martinsky responded last year when the hospital invited amateur and professional photographers to submit their images of local landmarks, events and scenes for consideration for the facility’s art collection. Whereas Beckner has focused his camera on Huntington County life for many years, Martinsky says the call for local photography in 2018 challenged her to look more closely at her daily environment to see it with fresh eyes.

“Most of the photos I had were from out-of-town trips, and of my kids, of course,” she notes. “When the call for photos came, I realized I didn’t have many from around here. It surprised me. I didn’t have a working camera at the time, so I borrowed a friend’s camera and drove around for two weeks with it. Anytime I saw something that struck me, I would jump out and start snapping photos.”

The work paid off when she learned three of her photos had been selected for the walls of the Center for Wound Healing and the Holly D. Sale Rehab and Wellness Center. Beckner’s photos also hang in the rehab and wellness center, as well as in the hospital’s café.

Now that PHH leaders have decided to issue another call for local photography, both Beckner and Martinsky are already pondering the possibilities.

“The large, beautiful photos have been such a hit with patients, co-workers and visitors, that we’d like to keep adding to the collection for other areas of the hospital,” explains Sonya Foraker, PHH finance manager and coordinator of the photo entry process. “The artwork is such an amazing reflection of different aspects of this community and the talents of many of our friends and neighbors.”

As in 2018, PHH encourages area residents and local photographers to submit photos for consideration. Subject matter can include seasonal landscapes, wildlife, local plants, sunsets/sunrises, architecture, industry, people, places, community events and any other appropriate subject matter reflecting the character and spirit of Huntington County. Deadline for submissions via email to sonya.foraker@parkview.com is February 14, 2020.

“We want to give people plenty of time to be able to take advantage of holidays and the changing seasons,” Foraker says.

Photographs may be color or black-and-white, new or vintage, but they must have been taken in Huntington County. They must be submitted as high-resolution digital files large enough (at least 3 to 5 MB) so they can be printed at 300 dpi or greater at a size of at least 12 inches by 18 inches. Cellphone cameras generally take low-resolution images, so shots taken by cellphone are not recommended.

Photos should be accompanied by the photographer’s name and preferred contact number, status as amateur or professional photographer, profession, and information as to where the photo was taken. If people are shown in the photo, submission material should also include their printed names and a photo release signed by the individuals to prove they gave permission for use of their image. There is no limit to the number of photographs a person may submit.

Submissions that are chosen in the spring will be matted, framed and displayed within the hospital complex, and photographers will be notified. Each photographer’s name will be given a photo credit on the actual photo or on a plaque accompanying the photo. Individuals who provide photos should understand they are granting permission for the hospital leadership team (or a vendor acting on its behalf) to determine appropriate subject matter, and to use its discretion in preparing and displaying their photos, if chosen. By submitting photos, individuals also acknowledge that they do not expect compensation for use of the photos.

PHH will promote the call for photos periodically in the coming months as a reminder.

Why go to the trouble of sending in photos? Martinsky, a longtime PHH nurse now working in infection prevention, understands that bringing nature scenes and a sense of the familiar into the hospital creates a more calming environment for patients and caregivers alike. She wants to be part of that positive effect.

For Beckner, a now-retired pharmacist who spent more than half his long career at PHH, it comes down to pride in his art and in the place that was his work home. “I’m honored to have my photos up in the hospital,” he says, beaming.

For more information, call (260) 355-3340.

Huntington-area resident Ed Beckner, left, says he’s pleased to have his photo of a bench with fall leaves, and other shots he’s taken around the community, displayed at PHH. Angie Martinsky, shown with her perspective shot of a tree-lined path, gravitates toward nature as her subject matter, too. Both intend to participate in the hospital’s latest call for local photo submissions.