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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.

Recent updates

26 February, 2014

Posted by Jon Crispin (Creator)

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

Posted by Jon Crispin (Creator)

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

Posted by Jon Crispin (Creator)

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.


10 July, 2013

Posted by Jon Crispin (Creator)

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 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.


2 May, 2013

Posted by Jon Crispin (Creator)

Hey Kickstarter backers.  I've been thinking of you.  There is a lot happening with the project, and I thought it was time for a quick update.  "The Changing Face of What is Normal" has just opened at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and many of my photographs are used.  Here is a link to my wordpress post about it.

I can't remember if I mentioned the piece that was done in Slate, but here it is.

That story led to an invitation to be on NPR's Talk of the Nation.  Here is a link to the interview.  What fun!

I am still moving forward.  I hope to have up and running in the next few weeks, and I am planning to print a series of postcards to help me continue to raise funds to resume photography of the suitcases.

I couldn't have done it without your support.  Thanks and all the best.