NEW PhoDOGrapher Michael Walton in Brasilia, Brazil 2011
Michael is a world-class, professional track and field athlete with a heart for guiding young lives and a passion for community activism. In 2002 he founded The Michael Walton Foundation to provide positive outlets and opportunities for self development for underserved youth in grades 6th – 12th in the Greater Washington DC area. While traveling with youth from the MWF in Brazil he added Dog Meets World to give back to youth in Brasilia. Photos were taken at a program called Transforme in Brazil, a youth drug rehabilitation center. He said
I got the feeling that many of the youth that recieved photos hadn’t had that opportunity often. Collaborating with DMW made me feel as if we were leaving behind a special memory in the lives of these youth.. that it was a ray of light that they can look back upon as they go through their day to day challenges with rehabilitation. The Michael Walton Foundation will certainly use DMW on future trips.
Phodographer Melissa Waksman in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Jan. 2010
Smiles abound and parents were pleased! Super easy and fun to add Dog Meets World photo diplomacy to service projects. Helps happily fill in any down time and offers another way to interact with locals. College students from the University of Maryland, College Park said giving children the simple gift of a single photograph was priceless. The love, the laughter and the instant happiness is something you must experience in order to understand what it means to really study your abroad experience.
Phodographers Melissa Waksman and Michael Fox in Mangueira, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil March 2010
ATTENTION ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS planning to study abroad or take alternate breaks in areas of need around the globe. Like these students doing a service project in Brazil, just bring along Foto and a printer to add a new interactive dimension to your experiences.
Giving children the simple gift of a single photograph was priceless. The love, the laughter and the instant happiness is something you must experience in order to understand what it means to really study your abroad surrounding.
James Kahn accompanied students from the Univ. of Maryland – Hillel organization doing volunteer work in an impoverished areas of Rio de Janeiro. Who was having more fun, the giver or the receiver? Dog Meets World is meaningful to those on both sides of the camera’s lens!
Phodographer John Carr along the Amazon, Brazil Sept 2009
Calling all backpackers to join the community of phodographers and connect wherever you go!!
Here is a fascinating account from John Carr of London who backpacked with a printer to practice Dog Meets World. “Travelling with the locals on a slow boat on the Amazon, furnished with hammocks and little else, we’d noticed the day before that occasionally river-dwellers from huts would paddle out in canoes in the hope of collecting something from the boat. Later a canoe actually attached itself to the boat, and three young boys clambered on the boat with bags of shrimp to sell the passengers; aged between 4 and 9, they lived in one of the river-huts and were trying to get money for provisions.
As the youngest of the boys came round to my hammock, I asked him in broken Portuguese whether he wanted a photo. He looked a little confused but was happily manoevered for a photo, before standing sheepishly by as I pulled out a strange contraption and urged him to watch and wait. As I handed him the photo, he seemed completely bamboozled, looking from me to it with a dumbfounded look, before his brothers came along, completely amazed, and ran off down the boat with the photo. One by one, they came back, looking at me expectantly before they too had a photo of their own. Minutes later, with photos safely sealed away, the youngest rowed back out to the river while the other two backflipped off the boat and disappeared into the distance.
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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