February 28, 2011
By CHRISTINA HAYDEN
The work of local photographer Andi Artze will soon be on display in the new Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital.
The display will feature photos of children who are affected by neurologic disorders.
Artze, of Magnolia, said it is humbling to know her photos will be shown.
The parents spend so much of their lives there, she said. So much hope has gone into all those visits that its a special thing when they see their childrens picture there when they walk in.
Artze said she took the photos for a Hope Help Heal charity event in May 2010, and the pictures were later selected by the hospital for permanent display along with a few others.
Hope Help Heal is an organization that supports pediatric neurological research. The event raised funds for Texas Childrens Hospital.
Artze said the spirits of the children are incredible.
They are little fighters, she said.
Artze said prior to the photography session, some of the families did not have any photos of their children, because the kids had refused.
One little girl had completely refused to have her picture taken before, she said.
After a few minutes, Artze said her and all the children were able to have fun with the sessions and connect.
It wasnt about getting the pictures. It was about connecting with the kids.
Artze said it was a really moving experience and she received more from the experience then she gave.
Jennifer Tyler, founder of Hope Help Heal, said they asked Artze to take the photos because they wanted to put a face to those with neurological disorders.
Everyone knows someone with a child with some sort of neurological affliction, she said.
Tyler was one of several mothers who had her child photographed by Artze.
In every (photo) she really captured what angels they are, Tyler said.
Artze said the part she loves most about photography is a connection and being able to capture a moment in time.
Its the emotion, she said. I love capturing something that is so real.
Artze said the fact that people have an emotional connection to the images she takes makes her continue photography and the time she spent photographing the children is a memory that will stay with her.
Taking that time out for something that was so rewarding made me a better photographer for other sessions, she said.
To find out for information on Hope Help Heal, visit www.hope-help-heal.org.
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