Jon Crispin's Notebook

American Society of Picture Professionals

Posted in Asylums, Published work, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 04/04/2013

In March I was contacted by Jain Lemos from the ASPP.

She had seen the Salon piece on the suitcases just as she was putting the finishing touches on the latest issue of their quarterly magazine.  Jain knew that it would be very last minute, but we managed to select images and I wrote 400 words about the project.  I loved her idea of featuring the preservation of the suitcases and contents, especially how the New York State Museum spent so much time and care on the cataloging and conservation aspect.  Yesterday I received a few copies directly from the printer and the story looks great.  They used a cropped shot of the glycerine bottle on the contents page, and as you can see above, eight shots were used in the spread.  The magazine is available only to members, but the story should be up online in a month or so.  It is a really great organization and not just for photographers; many members are picture editors and others who work directly with images in other ways.  If you work with images in any way, it might be a good idea to check them out.

Spanish Moss and Buds

Posted in Flowers, Nature, Plants, Seasons, Trees, Weather, Willard Asylum, Willard Suitcases by joncrispin on 20/03/2013

We are heading North today after an amazing, recuperative stay in South Carolina.  Spring has arrived in full force; trees are budding out and the weather has been beautiful. / I got a ton of work done on the suitcase project while here.  The American Society of Picture Professionals is featuring the project in a story in their next publication.  They are the first to have focused on the preservation aspect of the materials since many of their members are curators.   I am so happy to get this side of the story out.  And I have sent six images to the Exploratorium that they will be using to produce postcards to sell in the museum store.  Finally, today I got a nice email from Yvonne Boots-Faubert who looked at some of the fabric/sewing based contents of the cases and wrote a nice post on her blog.  Check it out.  I am so happy when people look at the photographs and are stimulated enough to get creative and apply it to their own interests.  Thanks, as usual, to all of you who are following this site.

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