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Photo Sharing & Overcoming Prejudice in Ukraine

Oct 29, 2016   //   Ukraine  //  Comments Off on Photo Sharing & Overcoming Prejudice in Ukraine

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Dima Galin is from Uzghorod, in Western Ukraine, but is currently living in Kyiv, the capital of the Ukraine. While he is a professional videographer, the most important thing about him is that he cannot imagine his life without a camera in his hands. If he is not filming a video, he is taking photos. Dima especially loves street photography.

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As part of a Jewish Culture Festival in Uzhgorod, Dima and team members Ivan Novikov, Nikita Didenko, Ekateryna Karelshtein, Valeriy Pinchuk and Yaron Muravyov visited a Roma neighborhood close to where he grew up. Typically, Ukrainians have negative stereotypes about the Roma community, and his friends worried that it might be unsafe for them to go. In Dima’s words:

When we arrived, we met a Roma activist named Andriy who invited us to his house for coffee. We took and printed the first photo here for Dog Meets World. Soon, word spread about what were doing and people started coming – children, their parents and grandparents, even their dogs. They all asked us to take their photographs, and soon, we were surrounded by a big group.

We talked to people of different ages. They shared about their lives with us, told us about the injustice that they face in their everyday life. It’s hard to believe that we were afraid when we arrived, and that we found it hard to leave because we were all hugging and taking selfies. More and more community members came to ask us to take photos, even after we had no more paper left to print them. We promised that we would come back soon.

It was a life changing experience for us. My friends and I now see the Roma community in a completely different way than before, and I hope that these photos inspire others to question their own prejudices. Thank you Dog Meets World for the opportunity to participate in this amazing project.

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Daily Foto: Afrikaner Chef gets First Picture!

Jun 22, 2010   //   Daily Foto, South Africa  //  Comments Off on Daily Foto: Afrikaner Chef gets First Picture!

Phodographer Carolyn Lane in Somerset, South Africa, Feb. 2009

I, Carolyn Lane, founder of Dog Meets World was in the Cape Town and on the suggestion of my fellow local assistants took pictures of the kitchen staff at the very lovely Lord Charles Hotel (4 star). This Afrikaans speaking chef was cajoled into to having his picture taken. He removed his hair net and apron and I posed him against the beautiful foliage in the outdoor dining area. When I returned moments later from the lobby with his printed picture, his eyes turned red, tears welled, his wiped his eyes and hugged me warmly…….his first picture in his life.

How often to we exchange pleasantries and seek help from hotel staff? My astonishment at this gentleman, despite his regular job and nice uniform, had never had his own picture. I suggest we take more time to notice and appreciate those that cater to our needs. So all those traveling, attending World Cup events and more, find time to interact and give back. Dog Meets World makes it simple to share a basic photo!

Everyone should have a picture of their children and grandchildren.

May 17, 2010   //   General  //  1 Comment

I, Carolyn Lane, founder of Dog Meets World heard Michelle Obama at the commencement on the National Mall for George Washington University. These words struck me as telling for DMW….Michelle described a diplomatic meeting in which Secretary Clinton said she “…thought everyone should bring pictures of their children and grandchildren to international meetings, and set those pictures right in front of them and ask themselves, “Is the decision that we’re about to make going to make their lives better?”

Dog Meets World exists because the reality is that so many people in the world do not have a single picture of themselves, their children or grandchildren. Imagine how powerful it would be to share a photo. Join us, become a phoDOGrapher!

Michelle concluded her remarks saying “But just know that when you serve others abroad, you’re serving our country, too. You’re showing the world the true face of America –- our generosity, our strength, the enduring power of our ideals, the infinite reservoir of our hope.”

Thanks Michelle for reminding us how we can all touch the lives of others.

Daily Foto: Double Exposure in Jordan

May 11, 2010   //   Daily Foto, Jordan  //  Comments Off on Daily Foto: Double Exposure in Jordan


Phodographer Carolyn Lane in Jubba, Jordan January 2010

Double the experience when traveling! While in Jordan for a GAP Adventures trip, I brought along Foto and the printer. Taking and immediately printing out pictures allowed another level of interaction with local Jordanians. Everyone can practice this most basic form of giving back or voluntourism…sharing through the power of photography! I was able to introduce the project to our entire travel group and 2 members indicated they will be taking Dog Meets World on their next trip.

Daily Foto: Building homes and happiness with Habitat for Humanity in South Africa

May 10, 2010   //   Daily Foto, South Africa  //  Comments Off on Daily Foto: Building homes and happiness with Habitat for Humanity in South Africa


Phodographer Samm Coffin near Cape Town, South Africa, May 2010

Samm is studying abroad in South Africa. She is a member of Habitat for Humanity at home and in Stellenbosch. She took Foto, the pup and the printer along on a build to see if she would have the opportunity to take some photographs. It turned out to be the day they finished the home and had the dedication ceremony. Samm wrote “This family lived in a shack that I was able to go inside of. They had barely anything and NO pictures. I was able to print for the homeowner (seen left) a picture of herself and her two little boys with not only the date of the photo, but also the date they got their first REAL house. It was amazing. Her eyes watered as she tried so hard to hold back the tears. She asked us all to sign the back of the photograph. It was one of the most rewarding DMW experiences I have had. ALSO I was able to share Dog Meets World with all 25+ volunteers helping with the house build.”

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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