Support Publishing The World Collage to Connect the World Through Photos
The World Collage is a photo-book that will contain photos from different parts of the world. Mrunal Gawade is raising money on Indiegogo for publishing this book. Recently I caught up with him to learn more about the effort; here’s what he told me:
What is the social benefit you hope to achieve with or through your crowdfunding campaign?
I want to make people aware of how irrespective of cultural differences similarities could still be found across basic human qualities such as love, compassion, kindness through the photo-journeys of the daily activities of the people around the world. I also want to emphasize how it could be further extended to natural and made made schemes such as mountains, water bodies, cities, architectures etc. In showing these photo journeys across 4 continents (Australia, Asia, Europe, North America), I want to highlight some important socio-economic issues such as farmer’s suicide crisis, female empowerment, education awareness, civic infrastructure upgrade and related issues in developing countries like India contrasting them with developed economies such as USA, France.
How much money are you hoping to raise and why? How much have you raised so far?
The campaign is about publishing a printed photo-book “The World Collage”. The book is A4 sized with 146 pages, and will be printed in USA from individual contributors contributions. The shipping costs are included in the perk offered on the crowdfunding platform. The money will be used to cover the book publishing related expenses such as design, print, ship, and cover the costs for marketing, platform and credit card handling fees and other related expenses. 1% donation will go to another campaign to raise funds for Indian farmer’s suicide crisis. The funding model is flexible, and the funding target is to make sure there are maximum number of people who can contribute to make them aware of the socio-economic message the book intends to send across. Book is printed individually from each donor’s contribution. The campaign has already raised 86% ($3001) from 104 backers in 21 days, out of its $3500 funding goal.
Whom are you trying to help with your project and why?
I am trying to create an awareness in people about different socio-economic issues that countries like India face through my photographic journeys by showing juxtaposing images across different cultures across 4 continents. So the target group here is a larger worldwide audience, from awareness perspective. 1% donation after expenditure will go to a charity that is raising issues of farmer’s suicide in India. I have felt strongly about this issue as 1 farmer commits suicide in India every 30 minutes. This is my way to raise awareness about this socio-economic issue to a larger audience worldwide.
What rewards, if any, are you offering to your supporters?
A printed A4 sized 146 page photo-book with 1 photo per page is the main reward, and it will be shipped worldwide. Another reward is an e-book version of the same book. Another simple reward is just simple wishes as a mark of support towards the campaign.
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