We all know that calm landscape and nature photographs are beautiful but did you know that they can also help with the healing process after traumas and metal health issues. Recently, a study has been done by Dr Dacher Keltner of California University in Berkeley on the positive impact of the Immune System and visual arts, such as nature photographs. The Study is called Positive Affect and Markers of Inflammation: Discrete Positive Emotions Predict Lower Levels of Inflammatory Cytokines. Dr. Keltner states “That awe, wonder and beauty promote healthier levels of cytokines which suggests the things we do to experience these emotions – a walk in nature, losing oneself in music, beholding art – has a direct influence upon health and life expectancy.”
When the viewer is experiencing the beauty in art or nature the research shows that the viewer had healthier levels of cytokines; are chemicals that help the body fight infection, disease and trauma.
Art and photography are connected to positive healing, especially if the art or photographs revolve around nature. And while there is a variety of landscape photographs, paintings, and other pieces of art in the healthcare setting; realistic and inspiring landscape photographs seem to work best at raising positive emotions, thinking, and in the healing process. It’s best to pick landscape photographs or pieces of artwork that are welcoming to the viewer; pictures of non-threatening places offer serenity for the viewer to escape to when they aren’t feeling well. The landscape photographs can keep a calm, positive environment; this is part of the Evidence-based Design research.