From Peter C. Blanchard:
Many years ago, during a particularly difficult period in my life, I had an experience that shifted my landscape.
On a cold walk home, late one night, I looked up and saw a full rainbow, shining brightly all the way around the moon. In that moment, all of my pain and loneliness evaporated, and my mind went still. I was fully present. Nothing existed except me, the moon, and its brilliant rainbow halo.
The incredible and unexpected beauty of that moment was enough to transform pain into joy, hurt into hope. Though I would not realize it for some time, I had just been given a powerful glimpse into my life’s work.
Photography, for me, is a way of seeking out moments of transformative awe and healing wonder. It is an art form that teaches me to be still, and forces me to really see what is in front of me. When I am successful, it is also an incredible tool of compassion and generosity, as I give these experiences of awe and wonder to the viewer.
My focus on providing art for healthcare settings stems from a desire to have the greatest possible impact with my art. The revelations of Evidence-Based Art research confirm what I know intuitively: that the images I create can transport the viewer away from suffering to a moment of relief. A few slow breaths can be transformative, and I seek to provide viewers with a space in which to take those breaths.