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We will fund two coffee table books - one large scale and one of a smaller scale, but both will have a similar page count.
We will fund two coffee table books - one large scale and one of a smaller scale, but both will have a similar page count.
1,391 backers pledged $191,721 to help bring this project to life.

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To date I have published six monograms, coffee table books composed of my photography, male figure studies with a sexy and sometimes erotic edge. This Kickstarter features two new books. I use Kickstarter to launch new books because it gives me an idea of how many books to print, keeps the publishing costs down, and it is a fun way for people to watch an art project actualize. 

Pledge and then follow me through the process of publishing and distributing your coffee table books. I oversee the layout, personally go to Italy to supervise the printing, and when the books arrive in the United States, I even help my packers pack the books for shipping. 

The photos in the Kickstarter video are just a sample of what will be in the books. Many unpublished images will appear in both books. In order to provide a truly special experience for those who support the books, intimate and exclusive photos are reserved for a project like this.

*The emoji graphics blocking the genitals in the video will obviously not be in the books. Special thank you to the band, Lettuce for letting me use their song, Mt. Crushmore in my preview video.

The respective covers. The dimensions of Deconstructed will be smaller in size than Divine Eros but approx. the same page count.
The respective covers. The dimensions of Deconstructed will be smaller in size than Divine Eros but approx. the same page count.

Divine Eros 

Whether you are the observer or the observed, this is where desire, fervor and dedication intersect on an intuitive level. This book features photos of over twenty physically fit models, half of them military veterans - some wounded, some not.

A hardcover photo book with dust jacket, 130 pages and measures 13.5 X 10.4 inches. All the images are already photographed and only need to be organized and published.

Deconstructed

A collection of hand chosen photos contrary to my usual style or that reveal the unpolished moments of a photo shoot. The images are a mix of photos I took behind the scenes or images that are not my signature style. Verisimilitude takes priority over well-crafted compositions and figure study. Some images will be captioned to either give a back story or share a feeling I have about a person or image.

A softcover photo book, 130 pages and measures 10.5 X 7 inches. All the images are already photographed and only need to be organized and published.

Collector’s Edition - Divine Eros only

A special edition of Divine Eros will be available in a limited quantity of 150 copies. Over the years I have been perfecting these Special Editions, and I now print an image on top of the clothbound cover, which is stamped with foil lettering. The book will fit into a slipcase, which is also clothbound with foil lettering. The book will be hand stamped, hand numbered and hand signed. Below are examples of last year's Collector's Editions.

Sample of last year's Collector's Edition
Sample of last year's Collector's Edition
Sample of last year's Collector's Edition
Sample of last year's Collector's Edition
Sample of signature page of Collector's Edition
Sample of signature page of Collector's Edition

Risks and challenges

In a nutshell, when this project funds, the books will be printed and distributed. The books are already in the layout process, and I already have quotes from my printer and the shipper. Now all I need are the pledges, so I know how many books to print. Also, this will be my fifth Kickstarter. I've delivered on all previous projects, so feel free to review them, the comments and the positive feedback.

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    Pledge US$ 45 or more About US$ 45

    Receive one copy of Deconstructed

    At your option, your name or a designated name printed in the book thanking you for supporting the creation of this work.

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    Receive one copy of Divine Eros

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    Receive Divine Eros and Deconstructed

    Receive a copy of Divine Eros and a copy of Deconstructed. Divine Eros will be hand-signed by Michael Stokes

    At your option, your name or a designated name printed in both books thanking you for supporting the creation of this work.

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    Collector's Edition of Divine Eros

    Receive a Collector's Edition of Divine Eros - Limited to only 200 copies

    1) The book will be bound in a cloth cover with foil stamped lettering in a slip case - which will also be clothbound/foil lettering. See photos of a previous Collector's Editions in "About this project."
    2) Only 200 will be printed.
    3) The book will have a page indicating that it is a limited edition. It will be hand numbered and hand signed by Michael Stokes.

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    Two copies of each book - DISCOUNTED

    For those of you who want more than one copy of each book, extras for friends or family, this pledge tier offers a discounted price for buying in a small volume. You will receive two copies of each book. Both copies of Diving Eros will be hand signed by Michael Stokes.

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    Collector's Edition and Deconstructed

    Receive one Collector's Edition of Divine Eros and one copy of Deconstructed. Please refer to item descriptions above.

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