On Seeing, A Journal. #455

Growing Up: Emily Martin

November 9, 2021


10 years and 27 years



I have studied over 200 children from childhood into their 20’s. I began some when they were newborns; others, as is the case with Emily, started about the time they could read and write. For all of them 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.

This special young woman, Emily Martin, proved to be as remarkable and authentic as any of the many young people I have had the privilege to get to know. She is talented, has always focused diligently on playing the piano and was, every time she came to the studio, sweet, joyous and lovely.

What a soul she is.


8 years old


9 years old


10 years old


11 years old


12 years old


13 years old


14 years old


15 years old


16 years old


17 years old


19 years old


20 years old


21 years old


25 years old


27 years old


Thank you, Emily (and mom). We wish you much luck and great success.



The “Growing Up “Project:
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.

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.