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a photo essay by Aaron Paschal
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This Kickstarter campaign is to raise money to take the ongoing Mortal Man photo essay project to print in the form of an (8.5x11) softcover book. 

The Mortal Man photo essay is a project that was conceived on the night of November 22, 2017. I woke up the following morning with a vision and began working on it that same afternoon by outlining a plan, photographing myself and writing an essay - (All in a Name) in which I discussed the impact that my father’s death had on my life. I shared this essay and announced the Mortal Man project on social media - offering a platform for other men to share their stories.

Men of all ages and social backgrounds have responded by sharing their stories and experiences with issues ranging from the death of loved ones, their own near death experiences, the mental aspect of aging and various trials and tribulations that have had a lasting effect on their mental well-being. In turn Mortal Man has provided an outlet for men that has allowed some to reach the healing process and to receive love and support from their families and friends as well as people that they have never met. 

The photographs that accompany the essays are simple yet impactful. They are shot against a clean, black backdrop keeping the viewer's attention solely on the men, their emotions and their stories. The portrait sessions take place one-on-one providing an intimate setting that allows the men to feel comfortable to open up, to be vulnerable and bear witness to their stories.

Keep up with the Mortal Man photo essays by clicking here.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I face is funding this book project. Self-publishing a book is expensive and doing so without the financial assistance of a publisher is a risk. The Mortal Man photo essay is an ongoing project and is 100% self-funded "there are no fees paid by the men that participate." Your financial support can help bring this book to life.

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    Mortal Man Digital (PDF) Book

    Receive a PDF copy of the Mortal Man photo essay.

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    Mortal Man Book

    Receive a PDF copy of the Mortal Man photo essay and a (8.5 x 11 soft cover) copy of the Mortal Man book.

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    Signed copy of the Mortal Man Book

    Receive a PDF copy of the Mortal Man photo essay AND a (8.5 x 11 soft cover) copy of the Mortal Man book SIGNED by Aaron Paschal.

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    (Web Acknowledged) Mortal Man supporter

    Your name acknowledged on the website as a supporter. Receive a PDF copy of the Mortal Man photo essay, a (8.5 x 11 soft cover) copy of the Mortal Man book SIGNED by Aaron Paschal AND your name acknowledged on the Mortal Man website.

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    (Book Acknowledged) Mortal Man Supporter

    Your name listed in print in the book acknowledgments as a supporter.

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    • (8.5 x 11 soft cover) Mortal Man Book
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    Immortal Supporter

    A limited number of (20) people will receive a (30) minute portrait session performed by Aaron Paschal of AP2 Photography. The portrait sessions must take place within an 80 mile radius of Dayton, OH.

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    Your name printed in the acknowledgements in the book.

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    • (8.5 x 11 soft cover) Mortal Man Book
    • Digital PDF copy of the Mortal Man book
    • Your book signed by Aaron Paschal
    • 30 minute portrait session (within a 80 miles from Dayton, OH)
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Funding period

- (45 days)