The World Through My Eyes

Photographs by young Mozambicans.

Project Feedback

The Professional Photographers of America were very interested in our project and the work we are doing in Mozambique so they asked to write a story about our project. You can read the article they wrote for the September 2004 issue of their monthly magazine, Professional Photographer, by clicking here.

Note: To clarify, The World Through My Eyes was accepted by the non-profit umbrella organization “Perception” and not “Sustainable Resources” as written in the story.

Our project was featured in the June 2004 issue of one of Portland, Oregon's community newspapers, The South West Community Connection. Click here to read what they had to say about us.

Our project has been noticed and reported on by Imensis, a Mozambican news site, in a story dated March 5, 2004. See what they have to say about us by clicking their logo. If you don't read Portuguese, you will find an English translation here.

The Oregonian mentioned our project on March 19th, 2004 in Jonathan Nicolas's column on the front page of the Living Section. Here is what he said:

Giving Peace a Chance:
Portlander Blake Schmidt got home in January from a 27-month stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. He didn't linger long. After a four-week break, he returned to Africa to launch a project featuring photographs taken by young Mozambicans. Check out his progress online at www.theworldthroughmyeyes.org.

Other comments:

"Dear girls, I am a 61 year old photographer in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, who discovered your work today. It was wonderful to find this website which was described in a column in The Oregonian newspaper this morning. Saria, I enjoyed seeing your photos of some of your world . . . I particularly LOVED your lime and bottle still life. I hope to continue to watch your work. Lucrência, I loved the signs and assume they must have something to do with all the rain that has been in your land. Violeta, I loved your containers of beans and the coffee cup mirroring the young man with his arms folded. Good work. I guess you can tell that I am watching the work of the women photographers in class. They are so important! Thank you."
Kay Yasutome, Beaverton, Oregon

"Blake's dedication and devotion to Mozambique, to Africa, and to his own craft is exemplary and inspiring and my heart as one who travelled to South Africa swells with pride."
D.W., Elsah, Illinois

"The website looks great, so do the photographs the kids took. You must be really proud of them. I don't think i've ever seen any pictures of Mozambique before. So you can tell your kids that some people are seeing their country for the very first time through the pictures that THEY took."

"I love looking at your photographs on the web. You are bringing a part of Mozambique to my home. I will show the pictures to my family."
C.B., Beaverton, Oregon

"The work is very beautiful and I was very moved to see it.." (original written in Portuguese)
I.B., Portland, Oregon

"I'm so amazed by what you've put together — it's an excellent idea and looks like it took a lot of time and thought. I . . . want to say 'thank you' for doing something that great for Mozambican children."
RPCV / Mozambique
T.M., Oregon

"Still living in Mozambique. Wow! What an amazing project! I am so impressed! And good for you for seeing a need and filling it."
B.S., Orlando Florida.

"Just took a look at your project and i think it is amazing.. what an awesome idea.. let me know if there is anything i can do or offer."
Current Peace Corps Volunteer
J., Vilanculos, Mozambique

"I just checked out your website and wanted to tell you how incredible I think your project is. I am really blown away — what an awesome experience and opportunity to share with young Mozambicans....I can't wait to see the pictures that come in!! And actually, I would be interested to come check things out sometime."
Current PCV
C.M., Chicuque, Mozambique

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