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Faces of Kansas City: Photographer donates images to Children's Mercy

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Patients and visitors of Children's Mercy Hospital have noticed an extra splash of color on the walls. It's not just there for decoration - it's there to help kids heal.

"I like to focus on the tulip, it is a happy picture," said photographer Jack Jonathan.

Jonathan has a theory. He believes a crucial component of healing is happiness.

"To show a tulip of this size in all of its beauty and transparency inspires people," he said as he points out a picture of a giant yellow tulip that fills the page.

The accomplished photographer has donated nearly 50 healing images that have been placed in patient rooms and hallways.

"I found the use of photography as a source of inspiration, as a source of achieving in a picture the ability to make you dream with it," Jonathan said.

His dream is that his photographs will make patients and visitors at the hospital feel just a little bit better.

The man knows a little something about photography. Growing up in Egypt, he captured the beauty and splendor of the country and its people through photographs.

"I never show misery in my photographs. I show only the best when I show people and when I show nature, it's an inspirational way of doing it," Jonathan said.

He came to Kansas City in 1954 to begin a long and distinguishing career with Hallmark. Jonathan was the Hall's personal family photographer and some of those photos hang at Children's Mercy as a tribute to their support of the hospital.

"This happens to be a plant growing wild outside my house, it just happened to be a wonderful shot," he said as he looks at a row of pink flowers, almost reminiscent of hearts, hanging from a branch.

He said Children's Mercy is such a perfect home for his photographs.

"There's something uplifting about this. It's not sterile, It's not dark. It's colorful and has meaning," he said.

At 92 years young, Jonathan is working on putting together an exhibit on the photographs he took of Egypt and its people.

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