Willard Suitcase #11
This suitcase belonged to Floyd H. It is one of the many empty cases that are in the collection.
When I first started on this project, my plan was to shoot only cases that had something in them.
As the work has developed though, I am finding that there is a segment of my backers that are as interested in the cases themselves as the contents.
So I will make an attempt to include as many of these suitcases as I can, since even when empty they tell a lot about the people who owned them.
Floyd’s case did have this tag in it, and I believe it is the original from when he was admitted. I am still struggling with the name issue, and regretfully have made the decision to obscure his surname via photoshop. Aside from the legal issues, this causes a huge problem for me, as I don’t believe in manipulating the content of photographs. This opens a major can of worms, and I am guessing that I will get response from both sides of the issue, but as of now, I find it necessary. I will say though that as a rule, I never mess around with the content of these images, and only will do so when it comes down to the identification of the residents.