ON SEEING, A Journal. #464

GROWING UP: Colton Reid Wasniak

February 1, 2022



7 and 24 years


I have studied over 200 children from childhood into their 20’s.  I began with some when their mothers were pregnant, as was the case with Colton’s mother, Amber.  I made annual studio portraits and asked them to write answers to a series of questions, a kind of diary about their lives, their feelings, their hopes, their regrets.

I am interested in everything about human development. I am fascinated by maturation, growth, emotional, educational and physical development.  My exploration, a major 30 year odyssey, has been an adventure that has yielded riches beyond my imagining.

I very much enjoyed seeing Colton and his mother, Amber, each time we returned to San Francisco to continue the “Growing Up” project I had started in 1990.



Amber Wasniak, 3 days before birth



7 days old



1 year old



7 years old



9 years old



10 years old



11 years old



12 years old



13 years old



14 years old



16 years



17 years



Amber remarried, and Colton was to become a big brother to two new siblings.



19 years



24 years old





Thank-you Colton (and Amber).
It’s been a gift to have you both in this project.

Let’s try to gather once more in a few years;
we’ll let you know the next time we travel West.