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I am photographing a collection of suitcases left behind by residents of the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY
I am photographing a collection of suitcases left behind by residents of the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY
674 backers pledged $18,114 to help bring this project to life.

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Hello Friends

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It has been ages since I have updated all you wonderful backers of my first Kickstarter appeal.  Most of you are aware that I ran a second successful campaign, and I will be posting an update there as well (Here is a link.)  I finished shooting all of the cases this past November and am continually editing the images and uploading them to the willardsuitcases.com site.  The project is still getting loads of attention from around the world, which is very gratifying. I am hoping to generate interest in a book and will be pitching the idea to publishers, as well as considering self publishing.  I have started to travel and speak about the project to various groups and organizations.  And I am beginning to talk to museums and galleries about exhibiting the photographs.

For those of you who are interested in continuing your support of the project, there are a few things that I would ask your help with.  If you know of any organizations that might like to have me come and speak about the project, please let me know.  Also if you are connected to museums or galleries that might be interested, I would appreciate the reference.  I am selling prints on the willardsuitcases.com site, and I still have a few of the signed limited edition books from the second appeal.  It is an edition of 40 and is simply beautiful.  I am also considering a second run of the book which I would be able to sell at a lower price, providing there is interest.  I can be reached at jon@willardsuitcases.com or (I think) by responding to this update.

I want to thank you all again for your initial support of the project.  It was an essential start to documenting this amazing collection, and introduced me to a wonderful community of backers.  You can continue to follow along at my wordpress site, which also includes some of my other work.

All best,

Jon Crispin      

26 February, 2014

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Friends and Backers,

I am now one week away from the end of the second Kickstarter appeal to fund the ongoing work of photographing the Willard Suitcases.  I have reached that "plateau" part of the appeal where I am getting a bit nervous about reaching my goal.  So I am coming back here to encourage any of you who would care to back the new project to donate.  Here is the link.

For those of you who have already backed me for the second time, I am really grateful.  Any help in spreading the word to friends and family would be so much appreciated.

All best,  Jon

7 February, 2014 / rewards

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Thanks to all of you have helped out with the new appeal.

After the first appeal closed, I worked really hard at making sure everyone got their rewards, and I did really well, but several seemed to have slipped through the cracks.  Some came back to me with incorrect addresses, and a few seemed to get lost in the post.  I just heard from backer Lisa B that she didn't get hers, and I just put it in an envelope and am about to mail it.  So if you never got your reward, send me a message through Kickstarter and I will make sure you get it.  It is very important to me that this gets sorted.  All best, and thanks again.  jon

5 February, 2014

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Hello Old Friends,

I have just put up the second appeal to fund my work on the suitcases project.  Check it out here.   I am raising more funds in order to photograph the entire collection, including all the empty cases.  After the first round was successful, due largely to your support, I decided to continue with the project.  I have been shooting again since early last summer, and hope to finish by the end of 2014.  I would really appreciate it if you could help out again.  Thanks for your consideration and all the best.

Jon

10 July, 2013

Hi Backers,

I am back to shooting the cases.  Here is a link to my wordpress site where I have just posted photographs of Irma M's belongings.  I am so excited to be with the suitcases again.  It is such a unique and amazing collection.

I am still working on the willardsuitcases.com site and really hope to be done soon and there are other developments that I hope to speak about in the coming weeks.

All best for a great summer and thanks.

Jon