On Seeing, A Journal. #421

GROWING UP: Daniel Buettner

March 2, 2021


8 years and 25 years


I have studied over 200 children from childhood into their 20’s some starting when they were newborns, as in this case with Daniel, and others when they were about six or seven, making annual studio portraits and asking them, once they learned to read and write, to write answers to a series of questions, a kind of diary about their lives, their feelings, their hopes, their regrets.


Mom to be: 38 weeks (13 days before labor and birth of Daniel)



13 days old



2 years old



8 years old


9 years old



10 years old



13 years old



14 years old



15 years old



19 years old



25 years old



With mom



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

I am certain that every reader will make unique discoveries and original observations that growing up creates. I’d love to hear what you “see.”

Daniel,  please come back in 3-4 years.


Permission was signed by the parents of each and every child every year, and by the participants themselves once they turned 18. In addition, we have now sent copies of all of their writings and edited photographs to the participants for whom I have finished all my editing and have received full permission from that group to publish and post.