"The day the dogs stood still"
"The day the dog stood still" a photographic journey of life and hope.
A dream assignment, comes along once in a life time.
A time to make a difference for those who have no voice for themselves.
An assignment that can change the life for many, raise awareness for a cause and create a visual miracle for all to see
This is what I dream of…
There is a harsh reality in this world that many turn a blind eye to.
In the time it takes to read this over 20 dogs will be put to sleep. In the next hour over 750 and by the end of the day over 13,000 dogs in the United States will have been euthanized. If we can help just one dog than that’s one less innocent animal that wi ll lose it's life due to a lack of resources or finding a loving home.
My dream assignment would consist of taking a 30-day road trip beginning at Liberty state park, Jersey City New Jersey where the statue of liberty resides. We will start off our journey by taking a southern route to California. A stop would be made in each state we pass through and we will visit at least one Animal shelter in that state. We will choose to photograph the one dog or cat that has been at that shelter the longest or is in need of urgent medical care. By the days end that animals photograph will be posted up on a national web site including face book and others t hat will depict the animals and their story for hundreds of thousands to view not only in the United States but around the world Everyday. A blog and video documentary will also be created as we make our way to the coast that will be updated and viewed daily. Once we reach the west coast we will begin to make our way back taking a northern route repeating the same attempt on our return trip back to the east coast. Other subjects and situations will be photographed on the way but the main focus will be to photograph the dogs and cats being cared for in animal shelters across the united states in the hope that they will either be adopted by someone who has viewed their photograph and story or their lives might be prolonged with generous donations. Once arriving back in Liberty state park we will gather as many dogs and their owners in an attempt to break a Guinness world record in the biggest sit and stay ever. Also an attempt will be made to photograph the most dogs and their owners ever gathered together in one place at one time. The photograph will be taken from above the crowd on a 30 ft boom once the Guinness effort is complete. This event will be coined "THE DAY THE DOGS STOOD STILL” The trip itself will be called "photographs of hope" and we will seek to raise as many funds and bring as much awareness to the plight of the millions of dogs and cats who are brought into animal shelters each year that are either adopted out to loving homes or left behind t o eventually be euthanized. A final project would be to produce a gallery showing of the most compelling photographs to be put on display. The profits of the sale of every photograph will go directly to the shelter from where that photograph was taken. This assignment is a huge undertaking but with much careful planning a little hope and a lot of faith I promise to capture many fantastic images of the people, the animals they pledge to save and all the amazing places of this great nation that will be visited during "Our dream assignment". Joseph Frazz