Dog Meets World Photo Diplomacy

Last night at the monthly DC travel bloggers happy hour I met Carolyn Lane, known to her Twitter followers as @DogMeetsWorld. Lane is a self-proclaimed photo addict, and on her travels in developing countries she loves photographing children. Her life was changed one day when she realized that the child she was photographing had never seen a photo of himself. Struck by the unfairness of the situation and determined to remedy it, Lane decided that instead of just taking photos she would give them as well, and started looking for a sturdy, portable, lightweight photo printer she could bring on her trips, with the idea of printing photos on the spot and giving them away to kids. She found one she liked, and her “take and give” photography project was born, and through her Dog Meets World website, the simple project is spreading to other travelers.

Dog Meets World is named for the little black-and-white toy dog nicknamed Foto that she carries around with her and that acts as an icebreaker and ambassador. Most kids love having their photos taken with Foto, and the resulting portrait is one they will treasure. Says Lane:

My dream is to establish a movement to photograph the children of the

world. To seek children in their own settings, print their image to

keep for a lifetime. We have replicated Foto, the stuffed dog, to

enable scores of world travelers to participate with this intentional

project. 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.

For more photos of kids holding their photos, click here.  To find out how you can participate in photo diplomacy, click here. You can follow the DogMeetsWorld blog here, and if you’d like to have each day’s best photo emailed to you, sign up here.


  1. mrak911
    June 14, 2010, 1:05 am

    thanks to Dogmeets world and to you for this video

  2. Cheap Hotels Rome
    June 12, 2010, 1:11 pm

    Great job done.Just move on…

  3. Betty Londergan
    June 12, 2010, 7:31 am

    Great story, Marilyn! I also wrote about in my blog, What Gives 365, about Carolyn & Dog Meets World on June 1 – and found her such a great inspiration. Her project is so well worthy of my $100/day donation — I found myself getting completely choked up when we started talking about how much photos mean to us and how inconceivable it is that children might not have one picture of themselves to validate their existence and to say, I am. Beautiful venture, Carolyn!!

  4. Luxury Villas France
    June 11, 2010, 10:57 am

    this is the irony we face when we come out of out normal social shell. poverty has many bleak face. thanks to Dogmeets world and to you for this video.