Why photos and not food?

Dog Meets World is designed to provide relief of the poor. Mazlov’s hierarchy places physiological needs of food, shelter and housing as the most primary. A photograph of one’s self addresses a higher need. By providing permanent recognition, a photograph contributes to self-esteem. In the poor neighborhoods visited by DMW emissaries, the experience revealed that needs at different levels are not exclusionary and lower needs to do not necessarily need to be fully met to have a desire to reach higher. The natural light, natural setting photographs offered acknowledgment of each recipient as a human being worthy of documentation and to be remembered and chronicled. When they gazed at their images they could see themselves as glorious and with richness. To have your human dignity celebrated is a need frequently left unaddressed. DMW aims to enrich the lives of impoverished children (and families) by providing them with self-portraits that reflect their uniqueness and beauty. DMW intends to feed the souls of peoples hungry to be seen and acknowledged.

How can I help?

If you can’t imagine your life without photos of the ones you love, please consider supporting DMW to help provide personal photography to others by either donating or participating.

How durable are the photographs?

Information provided by the manufacturer (Canon) indicates that the dye-sublimation printing process yields an extremely durable picture. The last coat of film applied to the print is a thin laminate that protects the photograph from UV radiation and renders it very water resistant. When stored in the dark…and we reflectively questioned “in the dark??”. What she explained was if the photo were stored in a book (okay “in the dark”) it would last 100 years! Exposure to light, high temperatures, etc would reduce the products longevity.

Why do people need to pose with Foto?

Stuffed animals have been used a prop in pictures for decades. Therefore to include the little dog per se is not unusual. More importantly, in the end it is Foto, the little stuffed dog that visually unites all the individual photographs from around the world. It is the common element in all photographs that clearly identifies the picture as from DMW, an intentional and focused project to bring the cultural idea of personal photography to the rest of the world.

Foto also plays a role in the public diplomacy aspect of the project as it is the brand or tool that resonates with the audience that the program is trying to reach. Foto, the DMW ambassador, is able to connect with children everywhere. It helps to bridge language barriers and create a cohesive message within the DMW photographs.

What exactly is photo diplomacy?

Public diplomacy in general focuses on the ways in which a country, non-governmental organization, multilateral organization, non-profit organization, or corporation communicates with citizens in other societies.

Dog Meets World demonstrates the most important concept of public diplomacy through Take and Give Photography. Public diplomacy is a dialogue—a two way street—and DMW embodies, through photographs, personal exchange and understanding that a people simply cannot take from another in order to develop relationships in the world, but must give as well. Through Take and Give Photography, a dialogue is created between the underrepresented people of the developing world and the developed, yielding a cultural and educational exchange program. Dog Meets World facilitates the personal empowerment of the youth of developing nations, while it teaches the developed world the power a photograph holds and creates an understanding that all people deserve recognition and self-affirmation through the power of photography.

Some cultures don’t like dogs, how is this concerned addressed?

This concerned was actually expressed by a principal of a school in Titanyan, Haiti. Mr. Icloirson stated he did not at all like the word “dog” in the title of the project. He explained that Haitians don’t like dogs and to refer to someone as a dog is an ugly term. Our translator said this to him in Creole “Many people generally do not like rodents either, in fact most people hate them. Yet Mickey Mouse is the most recognized cartoon figure worldwide and is drawn on sides of many preschool buildings even in Haiti. Also a mascot of good will, Foto is merely a little stuffed toy, not a real dog. He accepted and actually asked to have his picture taken with Foto!

What does it cost to become a phodographer?

All specifics can be found for the needed equipment under the Participate page. Essentially you’ll need to purchase a portable printer, rechargeable battery and a box of paper-ink. Depending on the source the total costs range from approximately $150-$250, mostly of which is a one time cost.

Who can participate in Dog Meets World?

Anyone who travels for whatever reason to the developing world or to pockets of poverty in the developed world, can add Take & Give photography to their trip. Whether you are a tourist, on business, joining a volunteer vacation or mission trip, on a service trip, taking a university-led study trip, member of the Peace Corps, or on responsible travel tour, you name it, Dog Meets World can be added to provide a great entry point for interactions with local peoples. All it requires is bringing along the small compact printer with supplies and your own Foto dog. It’s guaranteed to bring joy to those on both sides of the lens!

Where can I practice Dog Meets World?

Where ever you determine that there is little or no access to personal photography. For many in the world have no access at all or it is prohibitively expensive. For about 30 cents you could share with someone a gift of recognition they will undoubtedly keep forever. You can stop randomly while you are discovering/exploring an area, perhaps schedule to visit a school, orphanage or agency serving the underprivileged or even ask at your hotel when might be a need. More ideas and details will be provided when you sign up to be a phodographer.

How can I get involved if I don’t travel?

You can financially support the program to get personal photos in the hands of every child in need. If you can’t imagine your life without your precious photos…then you are seeing the BIG picture in the LITTLE picture…the essence of Dog Meets World. Your donated monies support the project, help purchase supplies and consumable products and underwrite getting such to groups without sufficient funds, etc. Donations can be made securely through the website on the PARTICIPATE tab. Smiles of self-recognition are the rewards.

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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