Dog Meets World is about human dignity and the power of one. The intention is that the photograph fulfills a basic human need for acknowledgment and recognition. Kids of the world light up our future.
Volunteer phoDOGraphers used Foto to fetch photos in (left to right) Costa Rica, Haiti, Jordan, Cambodia, Panama and Uganda. Thanks to all our phoDOGraphers!
Phodographer Jim Bayer, along the Charges River, Panama 2010
As a pilot Jim has traveled much. He writes “My first experience as a Dog Meets World participant in Panama was beyond my expectation. Thinking you are just going to take some photographs of kids with a little stuffed dog, you suddenly find yourself in the midst of a close personal relationship that starts with with a normal measure of distance and hesitancy and ends with being surrounded by excited, happy faces as their own images emerge from the printer.
Do you want to improve someones self image? Give them their own (possibly first ever) copy of it. What a thrill watching the faces of children light up with pride and amazement as they received their own photograph. It was truly a fulfilling experience working with the tribal families in central Panama and giving them this gift. So, if you want to enhance your own self image, I suggest Dog Meets World for anyone during their next travel opportunity.
Phodographer Carolyn Lane near El Valle, Panama, August 2010
Driving through the countryside we stopped along the side the road and Miguel Moreno (official photographer for the US Embassy) inquired if these boys had a photo of themselves. They said just one from when they were babies, so we whipped out the printer, set it up on the back of the 4×4 and quickly made one for each. I love this scene Miguel captured of the boys walking away enthralled with their new handsome pictures. What a fun way to spend a day in another country!
Phodographer Miguel Moreno in Embera Village, Panama, Aug. 2010
The little stuffed dog Foto lightens up the atmosphere. This Embera Drua woman decided her parrot should meet Foto the dog. The gorgeous bird and it’s antics generated many laughs and enhanced the cross cultural interactions. A fun time!
Phodographer Carolyn Lane in Embera Drua Village, Panama, Aug. 2010
We learned all about life and customs in the village, ate a fabulous meal of fish caught in the river and then brought out the Dog Meets World project and offered pictures to all the villagers. Foto was a bit hit and during the downpour we laughed and shared and made friends.
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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