Early on I got this question and posted an update (#3) to explain this. It is a very good question, and I think I answered it pretty well. Check it out on the updates tab. / I didn't expect the project to take off like it has, and have now raised a substantial amount over my target. My intitial goal was somewhat arbitrary; I just tried to be be realistic. I figured that with $8,000 I could shoot a selection of cases and produce some nice images. With the additional funds, I now will be able to spend a lot more time shooting. There are over 400 suitcases in the collection, and I now have the chance to cover most of them. In addition, I will be able to cover the costs of making prints which will someday end up in some sort of exhibition.