Dog Meets World - the Photo Diplomacy Project

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Dog Meets World is a unique new charity all about bringing people together through photography! With the help of the ambassador toy dog "Foto" and a portable printer, we aim to put a photo directly in the hands of every child in need in the world, often for the first time. No longer just take pictures when traveling, practice TAKE & GIVE Photography! Donate directly or join the community of volunteer Phodographers to share joy worldwide as a photo diplomat!

 

Dog Meets World

 

WHO  (vs what) IS A PHODOGRAPHER?

You, the traveling educator, can easily be a phodographer and join the worldwide movement and practice Take & Give Photography. On your next trip to the developing world, just pack along a "Foto" pup and a very portable printer. Sharing pictures on-the-spot is a meaningful and fun entree for social interactions with local peoples and is a gratifying experience for those on both sides of the lens. Photos and stories are highlighted on the Dog Meets World website. Foto has already been taken to 23 countries and over 3000 photos have been given out!

 

Dog Meets World

 

Dog Meets World

 

Dog Meets World

 


PHOTO PHILANTHROPY

Take and Give Photography, literally the on-site capturing and printing of photographs for those without means to do so themselves. Foto, the dog, is the official icebreaker, ambassador and mascot to identify and connect all pictures.

The dream of Dog Meets World is to empower travelers to make real connections to people in other cultures, in essence to become photo-diplomats. A picture makes anybody a "somebody". Dog Meets World clothes people in acknowledgment and affirmation and feeds their souls, which indeed is priceless.

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.

 

Dog Meets World

 

Dog Meets World

 

Dog Meets World

 

Background:


While traveling the world, founder Carolyn Lane frequently photographed children as they played with Foto, a small stuffed toy likeness of her dog that she carried along. Witnessing the children's delight seeing their image on the digital screen, she imagined what it would be like to actually print their picture and hand it out right then and there. Giving a photograph is a simple act of kindness. It says, "I see you and I acknowledge you, for all time."

 

Dog Meets World

 

Dog Meets World

 

Dog Meets World

 

The dream of Dog Meets World is to change the way we see others in the world, and to empower travelers to make real connections to people in other cultures.

For more information, please see:
http://www.dogmeetsworld.org/

 

Dog Meets World

 

 

All photos and information courtesy and copyright Dog Meets World.

 

 

Comments (2)

  • Beryl Singleton...

    12 years 10 months ago

    This might sound like a rather silly question but I'd love to see what the children are holding. Does every photographer take a dog photo of some sort that the children hold? Or a toy dog like the woman who started the idea? It reminds me of the "World's Best Donut" cups that travelers to Grand Marais take on their travels and send back with photos of them and the cup, save that Dog Meets World is far more inspiring.

     

    Author of The Scent of God: A Memoir (Counterpoint NY 2006 hardcover; 2007 paperback)

  • Carolyn Lane

    12 years 10 months ago

    The kids all pose with the little stuffed mascot of the Dog Meets World project. It's a fun ice-breaker, prop and put kids unaccustomed to posing at ease and then unfies the kids from around the globe (23 countries in just over a year) and the photos. You would be a perfect phodographer. Truly it is fun, affordable and rewarding for those on both sides of the camera lens! Visit wwwdogmeetsworld.org and contact us. Thanks for your kind words.

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