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SURRENDER Kickstarter – photography art book

June 19, 2013


by Jim Young

Stunning images that honor the dignity of life by stimulating the surrender of our outdated views and attitudes about one another.


“The late Photo-Secessionist, Alvin Langdon, wrote, ‘Photography teaches its devotees how to look intelligently and appreciatively at the world, but religious mysticism introduces the soul to God.’ This new body of work by Jim Young accomplishes both. Always an extremely insightful photographer and a master writer of the inspirational word, he brings these gifts together in Surrender.”

Stephen C. Sumner, award-winning photographer and Executive Director, Center for the Arts, Evergreen, Colorado.

“…Jim Young has used his consummate skill in handling light to masterfully interpret his subject. Young succeeds in this endeavor through a clear vision of the project, a trusting working relationship with the models and exemplary control of the photographic process. It also presents a way to see that we all are destined to bear out own cross, as we endure each struggle that accompanies life as a human being.”

Ron Lutz, award-winning photographer, Eureka Springs, AR

Anonymous reviews from the Amazon/Kindle version of Surrender:

“Surrender – the most daring spiritual book of the decade!”

“To say a picture is worth 10,000 words was never more true than here. Both the images and words convey a story ‘the church’ would rather not tell.”

“A virtuous treatment that rings the inner bell with profound resonance!”

“Provocative, redeeming photography that unshackles devotional servitude…a coffee table and conversational must!”

“A titillating crucible, contrasting compassion and servitude, virtuosity and betrayal, liberation and infringement.”

Surrender, a provocative photo essay, honors the dignity of life by stimulating the surrender of our outdated views and attitudes towards one another. It also honors the dignity of life by clarifying life purpose and meaning through a spiritual narrative, releasing the stunning inner images that speak through spiritual awareness. Through the photographic and word images alike, it celebrates the innate beauty of the human figure and soul, as we stand naked before God in all our innocence.

Surrender is not about religion, or even spirituality. Surrender is a book aboutyou! Surely, allowing yourself to BE with the images, both individually and as a collection, will have its very own profound impact on you—and it could well empower you to reach well beyond current views and circumstances.

Surrender will be printed in a 9” X 9” format, using a tri-tone process to make these exquisite black and white images be as close as possible to their archival print counterparts.

Some background:

Although I have authored and published 16 spiritual books with three different publishers in the past 7-8 years, photograph books are exceptionally expensive and thus difficult to publish. Even though many of my photographs have been accepted and awarded in juried exhibitions worldwide over the years, publishers have been reluctant to address spiritual issues using such powerful images. Even so, I’ve worked diligently to see that Surrenderhas as least found its way into many individual collections through the Amazon/Kindle digital publishing program. (See this version on my website:

Since its release a little over a year ago, readers continue to clamor for a first rate tabletop hard copy, as well as wanting to obtain prints of the images themselves. Recently, two artist friends who also happen to be gallery owners—both of whom have contributed commentary to this book—suggested that putting the entire collection and related perks into the hands of artistically and spiritually motivated patrons would provide both, and at much less expense. Eureka!

Archival print included as $100 perk..Archival print included as $100 perk..

So here it is. Surrender is fully designed and ready to go. It’s up to us now. Let’s show the world what it really means to collaborate! Why you should participate?

• Because you’d be the proud owners, not only of an autographed, limited edition classic photo book of black and white images and sterling commentary, but also—depending on the level of support provided—the possessor of a signed, limited edition archival gelatin silver photograph for your collection.

• Because you’re a good friend, a loving family member, a treasured member of my computer-based social family or simply interested in fine art photography and/or spiritual issues.

• Because you’re interested in issues of the heart and being empowered by deeper meaning gained from a variety of sources.

• Because you would like to share this abundance with other loved ones, those who also appreciate such approaches to deeper meaning and clearer purpose.

• Because you’d like a book on your coffee table that could spark interesting conversations with neighbors, visitors, friends, colleagues and family.

• Because you think the body of work deserves to be published, and are moved to be part of bringing this creative venture to fruition.

Whatever your reason(s), I invite you to join me in making this project a reality by making finances available pertinent to your level of desire and interest.

The cost for publishing a limited edition of Surrender is $7750. This is not inexpensive, but this is what it takes to make a great book—a book you can give for a special occasion, and get lost in for a change of inner scenery, which is sure to also transform how you see life—from the inside, out.

Over the years, I’ve invested far more than this amount of money, plus immeasurable time and energy, to bring the images and the Amazon/Kindle version of Surrender to fruition. And I’ve contributed hundreds of books from my collection to others, simply to help “seed” the spiritual development of interested persons.

Now, at this point, I’m asking for your help to make this single printed version a reality. For all these reasons, I would greatly appreciate your generosity of spirit, both financially and by telling your friends about this opportunity, so they, too, can join in.

Thank you!

Jim Young


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