Jon Crispin's Notebook

Frank C / Exploratorium Return

Posted in Asylums, History, Mental Health, psychiatric centers, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 01/07/2015

I have just uploaded Frank C’s cases to the willardsuitcases.com site.  His things are among the most important in the collection.  There is so much to be learned from what he chose to bring with him to Willard, and from the letters he received while there.  And he was such a handsome gentleman.  Go to the site and click on “The Cases” and scroll down to the bottom of the page.  Click on “Frank C” and make sure you click “view all” to see the photos.

I am so happy that the suitcases that were part of the Exploratorium exhibit have just arrived back at the storage facility. Among them are the last of the cases to be photographed.  Yesterday Peg and I, along with museum staff, spent part of the day taking a look at the shipping containers and getting organized.

 It has been a very emotional few weeks for me, as we are down to just 6 people left to photograph.  It will be the end of over 4 years of shooting, and while in some ways, it is just the beginning of what will happen with the project, I am feeling a strong sense of change and loss.

Thanks for following the project, and for all the support that I receive from this fantastic virtual community.

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  1. marketing4introverts said, on 01/07/2015 at 3:40 pm

    Well, in advance of your finishing the project, I am soooooo happy to have “gone along for the ride.” This has been so interesting and your photographs are amazing. I can see why you might feel sad about it coming to a close “for you” as the photographer. Now the project can spread its wings and fly out into the world! Good job, Jon! Dhyan


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