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Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients

Abandoned Suitcases Reveal Private Lives of Insane Asylum Patients
If you were committed to a psychiatric institution, unsure if you’d ever return to the life you knew before, what would you take with you? That sobering question hovers like an apparition over each of the Willard Asylum suitcases. From the 1910s through the 1960s, many patients at the Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane left suitcases behind when they passed away, with nobody to claim them. Upon the center’s closure in 1995, employees found hundreds of these time capsules stored in a locked attic. Working with the New York State Museum, former Willard staffers were able to preserve the hidden cache of luggage as part of the museum’s permanent collection. “There were many patients in these asylums who were probably not unlike friends you and I have now.” Photographer Jon Crispin has long been drawn to the ghostly remains of abandoned psychiatric institutions. Crispin’s photographs restore a bit of dignity to the individuals who spent their lives within Willard’s walls. Freda’s suitcase.

Jon Crispin's Notebook Willard Suitcases / Anna H / Talk in Albany After a bit of a break, we were back to shooting more of the suitcases yesterday. It was a productive day, and after the intensity of the Kickstarter appeal, it was nice to be back to doing what is the most important part of the project. Anna’s case was in nice condition and the wicker pattern was lovely. Best Movies of 2013 May we stipulate that 2013 has been a flat-out, stone-cold, hands-down spectacular year in movies? Which means that many of us are frustrated. After all, the average filmgoer only sees about six films a year. This is being written at a time when there are at least 10 must-see movies in area theaters, not to mention titles that are stacking up in our on-demand queues like backed-up shuttle flights circling Reagan National. And guess what: There are more on the way. Even with names like Soderbergh, Spielberg and Lucas decrying the current state of cinema in recent months, it’s still easy to choose 10 movies of exceptional ambition, vision and artistic sensitivity – so easy that we decided to expand the list to a lucky 21.

Willard Suitcases: Unpacking The Rest by Jon Crispin In 1995, when the Willard Psychiatric Center in Willard, NY was closed, staff members were surveying the contents of the buildings when they discovered an attic containing over 400 patient suitcases. The cases dated from between 1910 and the late 1960s, and were saved by Willard employees after the deaths of the patients. My photographs tell the story of these people through the objects they brought when they were admitted to Willard. They had lives that were complicated, varied, and in many cases, compelling, and I am honored to be able to restore their identities as more than just patients in a psychiatric facility. When I began photographing the collection of Willard Asylum suitcases in March of 2011, my plan was to feature only the ones that contained the most materials.

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Asylum Suitcases, Found And Photographed : The Picture Show Ed. Note: This article was originally published Nov. 2, 2011. Photographer Jon Crispin has a fascination with things that are left behind. 50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before. Most of these came from a great post on tumblr. There is also a great subreddit ‘r/lifehacks‘ with some fantastic tips as well. 20. Separate egg yolks like a boss

Willard Asylum Suitcases: Photographer Interview Jon Crispin Betty: Are there any specific high (or low) points from the project that stand out in your mind? Jon: The suitcases and the contents are just overwhelmingly evocative. It’s the thing that I’ve done in my life as a photographer that that’s gone much further than anything else. I get asked whether I have a favourite case – I tend not to think of this project in terms of highs and lows so much. I think of all of the images as a whole rather than as specific images.

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