July 27, 2021

The benefits of fine art nature photographs in our homes

By Lars Gesing
The benefits of fine art nature photographs in our homes

Let’s face it… We’d all love it if we could spend time exploring national parks all the time, if we could spend our days hiking instead of in Zoom meetings. We’d be so much happier if we could just pack up and escape into a tent from the responsibilities that seem to grow by the minute whenever we want. We dream of living in a place like Colorado, or Jackson, or the Pacific Northwest. Right?

Have you ever wondered why that is, why we are so drawn to nature — aside from the fact that it’s just so darn beautiful to look at?

CHANCES ARE, YOU EXPERIENCED SOME OF THESE POSITIVE EFFECTS BEFORE…

There’s this whole emerging field of science, called ecotherapy, that studies the benefits nature has on our emotional and physical well-being. Chances are you’ve heard of  and experienced some of these effects before…

  • One study found that 95% of those interviewed said their mood improved after spending time outside. They felt calm and balanced instead of depressed and anxious. So far, so obvious…

  • As long as people feel safe, nature is an antidote for stress: It lowers blood pressure and stress hormone levels, enhances immune system function and increases self-esteem.

  • Being in nature reduces feelings of isolation. Attention Deficit Disorder and aggression lessen in natural environments, which helps speed up the time your body needs to heal physically.

  • These days, technology is designed to constantly pull our attention. But scientists believe our brains were not made for that kind of information bombardment. So they need to be “reset” every now and then to avoid inevitable mental fatigue, overwhelm, burnout and depression. Researchers have found that, you guessed it, nature is that reset button.

WE SIMPLY NEED TO SPEND TIME CLOSE TO NATURE TO FUNCTION PROPERLY…

There’s a reason why people in cities are 17% more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression, even if you truly love the hustle and bustle of big city life. By 2050, two thirds of humanity is projected to be living in cities. That’s why responsible urban planners around the world have put a renewed focus on fitting more green spaces even in the heart of mega-cities. Think about it, Manhattan, the epitome of big city, is built around a giant park…

Long story short: For our bodies and brains to function properly, we need to spend time close to nature.

That’s all nice and well and easy for you to say, Lars, you might be thinking right now. Not all of us have the luxury of being outside all the time. We’re busy. 

I totally get it.

Well.. What if I told you that in order to experience at least some degree of many of these benefits, scientists have also found that you don’t actually have to leave your home?

FUN FACT: OUR BRAIN DOESN’T ALWAYS KNOW WHAT’S REAL

An unpleasant environment will cause you to feel anxious, sad and helpless. That then increases blood pressure, your heart rate and muscle tension. All stuff you want to avoid. A pleasing environment reverses these effects. How do you create that pleasing environment? By bringing nature into your home. 

Don’t believe me?

 

Consider this now classic experiment conducted in a hospital wing in rural Pennsylvania years ago.

Several patients underwent gallbladder surgery. Afterward, the physician who led the study, Robert Ulrich, put half the patients in a room with a view of a brick wall, and half of them in a room with a view of a forest.

What happened next? You guessed it. 

The patients with the view of trees tolerated pain better, had fewer negative side effects and recovered faster. In other words, they were out of the hospital quicker and less likely to return there. All the patients were inside. Everything was the same. Except for the view.

Since then, other scientists have found that people shown images of trees repeatedly even had a smaller chance of suffering from a stroke at some point in their lives.

 

DOCTORS USE NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY TO HELP THEIR PATIENTS

Turns out whether it’s a real scene out in nature or a photograph simply doesn’t matter. Our brains are wired to respond the same positive, rejuvenating way. Nature photographs, just like a day on the trail, actually make our bodies and minds healthier.

It shouldn’t surprise you that in the years since that experiment, more and more hospitals and doctors' offices have started to put up more plants and photographs of nature in their buildings. It was not just for aesthetic reasons. It was part of their treatment plan for their patients to feel better faster.

 

So by simply hanging nature photographs on the walls in your home, you, too, are more likely to…

  • Reduce stress, anxiety and depression

  • Increase productivity and concentration

  • Reduce the risk of a serious health condition

  • Experience a boost of energy that will make you feel more alive

  • Be more kind and generous to those around you

  • Be more motivated and creative

If you add to that the fact that my fine art nature images will also inspire you to live the life of your dreams and allow you to relive cherished memories every day, I honestly don’t know what you are waiting for..!

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want you to put up one of my images in your home and never think about spending time in nature again. But chances are that isn’t going to happen — because waking up to that view ever day will automatically make you want to spend time outside, amplifying the health benefits even more. 

It’s the opposite of a vicious circle. Natural beauty in our homes amplifies well-being. It’s that simple.

 

 

 

 

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