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A photographic project to inspire humanity with God's beauty, and to bring hope to the most vulnerable.
A photographic project to inspire humanity with God's beauty, and to bring hope to the most vulnerable.
A photographic project to inspire humanity with God's beauty, and to bring hope to the most vulnerable.
118 backers pledged CA$ 46,773 to help bring this project to life.

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To document the world through fresh eyes, to inspire humanity with God's beauty, and to bring hope to the most vulnerable. That is Compassion Gallery.
To document the world through fresh eyes, to inspire humanity with God's beauty, and to bring hope to the most vulnerable. That is Compassion Gallery.

Preface

First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to visit our KickStarter campaign. Over the past decade, Ray Majoran and Brian Klassen have captured numerous stories and images in the real-world (non-tourist) areas of places like India, Peru, Cambodia, Bahamas and Nepal. Each time they return from one of these trips, they find themselves in a restless state, wanting to do more for the people that God has brought into their lives. Consider Aruna, a 14-year old Indian girl who was about to be sold into marriage to a man in his 30s. Or Lakshmi, a widow who was abandoned by her family because she has HIV/AIDS.

In 2015, they came to realize that they could be doing more with the photographs and stories that God has entrusted them with (Matthew 25:14-30). Following a series of discussions, they decided to incorporate Compassion Gallery, not fully knowing what God would have them do, but feeling like they had to take the first step. Fast-forward ten months later—after numerous discussions, research and planning—they sense a peace that it is time to move forward with this project.

« VISIT THE COMPASSION GALLERY WEBSITE »

Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” - Mark 1:16-17 ESV (India)
Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” - Mark 1:16-17 ESV (India)

Our Business Model

We believe in giving back. Compassion Gallery brings to life images of His creation in hopes that we can both inspire the viewer, and provide financial support to some incredible organizations that are changing the world. 

Once the Kickstarter campaign is complete, we will activate our business model which is as follows:

For every fine art print that Compassion Gallery sells, 50% of each sale will be donated to one of our amazing Partner Organizations. The buyer gets to make the decision as to what Partner Organization they would like us to donate the funds to.

For more about Compassion Gallery, and to read some of our Q&A, click here.

Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. - Psalm 89:8 NIV (Iceland)
Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. - Psalm 89:8 NIV (Iceland)

Fine Art Prints

Photos in our gallery are available in both Limited Edition Collector prints, and Standard prints.

ABOUT LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR PRINTS

Each Collector print is personally signed and numbered, and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from Compassion Gallery. The sizing and number of Limited Edition prints for a given photo depends on the specific photo. (Some photos are limited to 100 total prints, while others are closer to 500.) The cost for each print varies based on sizing and numbering.

ABOUT STANDARD PRINTS

We are pleased to offer Standard (non-Collector) prints for most of our images. Standard Prints are unnumbered, sized to a maximum dimension of 18"x12", and include a Compassion Gallery watermark in the bottom corner of the image. Please note that Standard Prints are not personally signed and do not come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. - Psalm 74:16 ESV (Nepal)
Yours is the day, yours also the night; you have established the heavenly lights and the sun. - Psalm 74:16 ESV (Nepal)

Our First Book: unOblivious

As part of the Compassion Gallery initiative, we've designed a 150-page photo-driven book featuring captivating stories from India and Nepal. Written by founding partner, Ray Majoran the book highlights stories and photos from Ray's last trip to India and Nepal, and serves as the first volume of books and stories to come.

The book was inspired by the question: Do we see the amazing beauty in the things that God has created, the people He’s brought into our lives, the situations He’s put us in? Or do we live in a bubble, oblivious to His amazing wonder happening all around us?

"I desire mercy, not sacrifice." - Jesus (Mat. 9:13 / Hos. 6:6 ESV) (India)
"I desire mercy, not sacrifice." - Jesus (Mat. 9:13 / Hos. 6:6 ESV) (India)

« VIEW MOCK BOOK LAYOUT & PAGE SAMPLES HERE »

A CRASH COURSE IN COMPASSION

"Reading unOblivious is a crash course in compassion. The pictures, captions, and stories all work together to remind us of the 'pure and undefiled' religion that the church is called to embody. James 1:27 paints a picture of piety—of devotion to God—that is anything but oblivious." - Tom Ward, Advocacy Global

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. - John 4:14 ESV (India)
But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. - John 4:14 ESV (India)

Funding Through Kickstarter

Now that Compassion Gallery is announced, we’re seeking your help to get it off the ground. Our greatest expense is unOblivious, the first of hopefully many books. Because it’s a rather large book (9” x 13.25”, hardcover), it’s not cheap to print and ship. In addition to the book, there are many costs associated with launching such a venture: Printing high quality samples, quality framing of those samples, fulfilling Kickstarter rewards, building awareness through advertising channels, social media and events, and so on.

Kickstarter funds will be roughly allocated as follows:

 

Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. - Psalm 89:8 NIV (Iceland)
Who is like you, LORD God Almighty? You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. - Psalm 89:8 NIV (Iceland)

Kickstarter Rewards

We offer 7 different incentives for our Kickstarter backers! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us.

1. GRATITUDE (Pledge $20 CAD or more)

As a token of our appreciation, we'll give you a shout-out in Compassion Gallery's first book, unOblivious.

2. PRINT + GRATITUDE (Pledge $50 CAD or more)

In addition to a shout-out, we'll send you a signed 12x8 Standard Edition print of "In The Beginning."

3. BOOK + PRINT + GRATITUDE (Pledge $100 CAD or more)

Continuing along, we'll give you all the stuff from #2, plus an autographed copy of unOblivious.

4. BOOK + LARGER PRINT + GRATITUDE (Pledge $250 CAD or more)

Now you're just being generous! We'll upgrade #3 by sending you a larger print of "In The Beginning."

5. 3-PACK + GRATITUDE (Pledge $500 CAD or more)

At this level, we'll send you a framed 18x12 Standard Edition print of any photo in our gallery, plus all the stuff from #3.

6. LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR'S PACKAGE (Pledge $2,000 CAD or more)

And finally, we get into the Collector's Editions of Compassion Gallery fine art prints! All of our Limited Edition Collector prints are signed, numbered, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Because you're getting in early, we promise you will be one of the first 10 numbers for the photo that you choose.

7. ULTIMATE BACKER (Pledge $5,000 CAD or more)

At this level, you're obviously totally bought into what we're trying to accomplish. As our way of saying "thank you", we'll send you two Limited Edition Collector prints of your choice, along with a whole kit of other stuff.

Samples from our Gallery

Here are a few samples from our gallery. You can view more on our website through our online gallery.

So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. - Luke 5:11 NIV (India)
So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him. - Luke 5:11 NIV (India)

 

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom,     and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. - Proverbs 31:25-26 ESV (India, Nepal)
Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. - Proverbs 31:25-26 ESV (India, Nepal)

 

Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. - Psalm 36:5 ESV (USA)
Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. - Psalm 36:5 ESV (USA)

 

"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" - Jesus (Matthew 6:26 NIV) (Iceland)
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" - Jesus (Matthew 6:26 NIV) (Iceland)

  

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17 NIV (Colorado, USA)
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17 NIV (Colorado, USA)

 

Death couldn’t hold Him. The grave couldn’t handle Him. He is risen. (Cozumel, Mexico)
Death couldn’t hold Him. The grave couldn’t handle Him. He is risen. (Cozumel, Mexico)

 

Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. - Proverbs 3:13-14 ESV (Peru, Cambodia)
Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. - Proverbs 3:13-14 ESV (Peru, Cambodia)

Risks and challenges

There is the potential risk of the book, unOblivious, being delayed if the printing quality does not meet our expectations. There is also a similar risk of prints not being matted and/or framed to our expectations. That said, Ray and Brian have a great deal of print-production experience, and have partnered with the very best prepress/printing facilities. We believe that these partners are more than capable of delivering a beautiful product on time, and on budget.

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    - 1 framed 18x12 Standard Edition Print. Choose from any photo in our online Gallery.

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    Limited Edition Collector's Package

    - 1 framed 36x24 Limited Edition Collector Print. Choose from any photo in our Online Gallery, numbered (guaranteed one of first 10 numbers in Limited Edition series), signed, includes Certificate of Authenticity.

    - Signed copy of unOblivious book

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    - 2 framed 36x24 Limited Edition Collector Prints. Choose any 2 photos in our Online Gallery, numbered (guaranteed one of first 10 numbers in Limited Edition series), signed, includes Certificate of Authenticity.

    - Signed copy of unOblivious book

    - 5 unframed 18x12 Standard Edition Prints. Choose any 5 photos in our Online Gallery.

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