This is how news travels best…friend to friend. Patti Hughes sent this email out re-capping her family’s (daughters ages 12, 10 & 8 ) experience in Guatemala for spring break, with a link to her album showing all photographs taken involving Dog Meets World:
Hello Friends, We are just back from our adventure to Guatemala. We traveled through the mountains of Lake Atitlan and Antigua…We also helped founder of DOG MEETS WORLD global photo project, Carolyn Lane, launch one of the first Take and Give Photography field visits. We captured and printed pictures of children in remote, primitive villages, enabling them to receive their first photograph! Madison, Halle and Gracie enjoyed this part of our trip more than anything else. It was such a joy to give these children and families a gift like this. What a wonderful experience for all of us!
Here are just a few of the responses…the pictures told 1000 emotional words and made a real connection:
Thank you so much for sharing these incredible photographs. I am literally sitting here in tears. What an amazing project and how could anyone not be inspired by the color and beautiful people of Guatemala!!! Again, I am so thrilled you sent these beautiful images. Kim Vincenty
The Photo project with the plush toy is a terrific idea. Robert Nelson
WOW. This totally gives me chills. What a beautiful project. I was in Ecuador as a 20-something year old and I remember taking a photo of indigenous women. I felt guilty as soon as the camera lens snapped shut. They’d seen me, the camera had made enough noise, and it was clear — I was taking something of them back to my rich world place that they would never know. What a great way to turn (photographic adventures) into something that the local people can find pride. Thank you for sharing! Adele Waugaman
OMG!!! What a good deed indeed! You and yours are such an inspiration to us all. I especially love the one photo of the little boy sitting on what looks like a wall (maybe a street) just gazing at himself in the photo. It’s so beautiful. Peace and Love, Wendi LeSuer-Fraker
Best Foto of the Week!
Praise for DMW
"Participating in Dog Meets World was a truly magical experience, bringing joy and wonderment to all I met."
John Carr, Phodographer across South America
"Dog Meets World unleashes the power of photography as a diplomatic and personal tool in building connections among the people of the world. It embeds a memory in photographer and subject alike."
Prof. Patrick Fleming, Fulbright scholar & Phodographer Cambodia & Kyrgzystan
"You will never know just how important that photo will be long after it is taken and given."
Delores Barr Weaver, co-owner Jacksonville Jaguars
"Dog Meets World went over fabulously in my village. It is a perfect option for Peace Corps volunteers like myself. I like the Foto dog mascot, kids like it, and it is a representation of the peace and the ideas of the project."
Kristen Woodruff, Phodographer Costa Rica
"The kids are absolutely loving Dog Meets World. For a majority, these were the first images of themselves that they have ever owned."
Marti Johnson, Phodographer Uganda