Date: 3/31/2009

Local Photographers bring Great Outdoors into Community Hospital

Photographs of landscapes and floral prints donated to Community Hospital by freelance photographer Pete Doherty and fine art photographer Ann Latinovich help uplift the spirits of patients, visitors and staff in the new Emergency Department and the West Pavilion.

Visitors to Community Hospital’s new West Pavilion lobby and Emergency Department will enjoy artwork from two local photographers whose prints showcase scenes from Northwest Indiana and Chicago.

Munster Fine Art Photographer Ann Latinovich has donated eight digital photographic art prints that now hang in the Family Lounges of the hospital’s new West Pavilion Entrance and Emergency Department.

Pete Doherty’s photographs of the Indiana Dunes and Chicago’s lakefront decorate the hospital’s new all-private-room post-surgical nursing unit on the sixth floor of the West Pavilion. Four prints also are located outside the elevators of the hospital’s West Pavilion. Since 2006, Doherty has donated 20 images from his Dunes and Chicago series that appear on four-color note cards sold to benefit the Cancer Resource Centre in Munster. The Cancer Resource Centre provides free support services to help area residents cope with a diagnosis of cancer.

“We are very thankful for the generous donations made by these two local photographers,” said Donald Fesko, Community Hospital CEO. “Their work captures the beauty that surrounds us and will help to uplift the spirits of our patients, visitors and staff. We’ve very proud to showcase the work of our local photographers.”

As a child, Latinovich spent a lot of time in hospitals so when contacted about project, she drew on those experiences to select the prints. For the Family Lounge of the Emergency Department, she selected two photographs of children in hopes that these images would help take visitors back to happy times, and remind them of what it is like to be a child, to be open to possibilities. A photo collage capturing the essence of a day on the golf course was also included in the prints selected for the Emergency Department. A magical moment with her own children catching snowflakes on their tongues is the subject of a print outside the escalators of the West Pavilion Lobby. Four large floral prints that blend photography with painting hang in the Family Lounge of the West Pavilion. The subject matter of these prints is flowers Latinovich photographed nearby in Munster on walks she took with her children.

Latinovich, who operates a photography studio in Chicago and a boutique in Munster, specializes in newborn and children photography. A former instructor from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Latinovich’s work combines her talents as a photographer and painter. Her artwork has been featured in many Chicago-area galleries.

Freelance Photographer Doherty began photographing Chicago’s lakefront and the Indiana Dunes as therapy, a release from the stress of work. For him, it seems fitting that his photos are now a part of a therapeutic environment. People have enjoyed seeing the photography because it’s local, Doherty said.

A former bank marketing executive, he started his own company, Doherty Images, LLC in 2005. A freelance photographer, he specializes in Chicago lakefront and Indiana Dunes landscape images. He also provides commercial photography to a wide range of businesses and organizations throughout Northwest Indiana and Chicago. Doherty’s work has been exhibited throughout Northwest Indiana.