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National Photo Month: Art for Hope

art for hope

National Photo Month: Art for Hope

We have always believed in the healing power of art. Studies have been conducted to show that creating, participating, or viewing a form of art can reduce stress, sickness, improve mental health, and more. Art can connect communities and bring people together in more ways than one. 

That’s why we commissioned a special fine art photograph to celebrate National Photo Month and give back to two important organizations in our community.

This photograph, titled “Hope,” was taken by John Coyle right before the COVID-19 shut down and serves as a reminder that beauty and hope surround us—even when we are feeling lost and alone. “Trees are strong, enduring, and always growing toward the future,” says John. “They’re always growing upwards and toward something. The title of ‘Hope’ is very fitting in this time. As beat down as we are and as broken as we may feel, we still have a sense of tremendous hope because the trees are growing and blooming.”

art for hope

The image is inspired by Rothko, a famous artist known for his balance of space and vibrant color. “There’s a juxtaposition of space,” says John. “This particular image of the trees where there is a small amount of green grass beneath the trees is a reflection of Rothko.” The bright flowers pop against the neutral tones of the tree. Anyone that is familiar with this type of blooming magnolia tree knows that spring and all of its beauty is just around the corner. 

Nature is a popular subject for John, and this is not the first tree that has inspired him. In 2012 and 2013, we hosted an art show fundraiser for MedStar Health Franklin Square called “Gallery for Hope.” The show featured local artists and was created to both celebrate John’s cancer-free anniversary and thank the hospital for everything it does. One of the pieces featured was a photograph titled “Survivor Tree.”

survivor tree

“The beautiful thing about trees is that they represent an enduring life through good times and bad,” explains John. “The ‘Survivor Tree’ was a gnarly old tree in the midst of a snow storm that found a way through decades and decades to still stand majestic and survive amongst advanced age and unkind conditions and stand as a symbol of strength. That particular image is given toward the fight of cancer where you can get beat down but come out of it surviving. You can be suffering tremendously but come out of it surviving.”

When it comes to titling images, John likes to give pieces a name that gives way to reflection. By titling this photograph “Hope,” John wants people to be able to draw out the aspects that make them optimistic and confident. “All art has that level of interpretation,” says John. “The piece could have been titled anything, but this title is given with cause for reflection without bias. ‘Hope’ can come from a number of things—beauty, faith, relationships, and more. The title is irrelevant of my inspirations and reflects the viewer.”

For the month of May, National Photo Month, Coyle Studios will donate 20% of each “Hope” sale to The Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library or MedStar Health COVID-19 Response Efforts. You will be able to select the organization of your choice upon checkout. 

Purchase “Hope” here: https://coylestudios.com/shop/hope/