Light Becomes a Body - Photo book of beauty
A mix of nude figures with projected images of light, creating unique designs to invoke your imagination.
Welcome, I'm Ken Stoneburg and this is my funding page.
My mission statement: To create a world with compassion, connection and understanding by admiring, blessing and encouraging others.
This is how I live my life, with this statement as my guide, recognizing when I'm living it or not.
***A quick Note: The pledge categories state the number of pages as 40. I have realized another cost savings which allows me to add at least 10 more pages to the book.
With this in mind, I’ve always looked to inspire others, to bring them happiness and joy. It doesn't matter if its through writing, remodeling, woodworking, conversation or photography. It's who I strive to be.
I spend a great deal of time thinking about issues that affect people. Especially my closest friends and family. I’ve seen how harmful and destructive body image issues have become and how it creates so much pain. Men and women both suffer, mostly in silence, from their perceptions of themselves compared to what mass media portrays as the "Perfect" body.
Because of this, I'm passionate about helping others see the best of themselves, to feel their inner and outer beauty while creating stunning art.
For 3 years I’ve been using photography to help counter this collective cultural disfunction. My goal with this form of art, is to show people of all body types, with or without scars and and “imperfections”, how to reimagine themselves in a new and creative light.
This collection is called, Light Becomes A Body.
Light Becomes a Body has over 10,000 images of more than 60 models of all ages, sizes and shapes. The results are stunning and the quality is increasing with every shoot. Each session is a cooperative venture between myself and model. Projected images are unique to each model, once published. I will never recycle the projected art.
I’ve focused on this technique for the last 3 years to find the best methods and I'm still surprised with new ideas for projections and how they land on someones body. Models who are a little shy, often open up to doing more both during the shoot and asking for another.
Now, its time to put this collection into print.
The Product Trajectory
Photo Book: This is the main product of this collection. A book allows me show this work to prospective galleries and boutique art outlets. Books can be sold in trade shows and stores. But by far, the most potential is Amazon and other online sales outlets.
Branding and Marketing: Every contact, either through social media or personal conversation, becomes part of branding and marketing. I post to Facebook, Instagram and other relevant sites weekly. My photography web site is dedicated to this project and visitor information is also requested there.
Fulfillment: Fulfillment has several options. Producing and shipping books is a simple task as there is currently only one product. When the task becomes more complex there are several other options.
Additional products: The options for new products are limitless. Themes include men, women, and couples combined with a myriad of projection ideas and poses. Individual prints are also available of my images.
Expenses: Working capital allows me to pay models for their time. My photo studio, advertising, fees and equipment are some of the bigger expenses. Lets not forget marketing can take up to 30% or more of the production budget.
To date I've had no outside investment in this project.
Mentorship: I have a pool of mentors who advise me whenever I need. The printing company has also assigned a personal advisor which includes crowd source resources, planning and guidance.
Here's your chance to help get this plan into motion.
Several perks come with each investment. Your contributions are rewarded with individual photos, books and local photo sessions in many contributions.
All books will be signed with a personal note.
My dream is to make this world a more beautiful place for everyone and I believe this starts with ones perceptions of themselves.
Could you help me reach my funding goal to create this book?
I thank you in advance for all your support.
Ken Stoneburg, Photographer and Artist
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge is funding. Not having enough contacts to market to friends or groups I belong to. There is no risk to the contributors if my goal isn't reached, no money is charged to you.
Other obstacles like a printer and book approval, writing, budgeting and other skills use third parties as consultants.
Print Ninja has created a road map and assigned an individual to guide me. They even offer marketing help.
My men's group is a source for mentorship and I often ask them for advice.
The creation and sales of the book keep the project going and growing. Simply, without funding, and subsequent printing, the sales through trade shows and Amazon could not not happen.
Thank you, and please click on your choice for your perk and help me get this work out to others like you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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