On SEEING, A Journal. #537

Growing UP: Milan D’Ercole

August 8, 2023



4 years 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 Christine D’Ercole, the mother of Victoria. 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 women, Victoria (Milan) D’Ercole, proved to be as remarkable and authentic as the many young people I have had the privilege to get to know.


Mom, 38 weeks


3 weeks with mom


3 years old


4 years old


5 years old


6 years old


7 years old


8 years old


9 years old


10 years old


11 years old


13 years old


14 years old


15 years old


16 years old


17 years old


22 years old


23 years old


24 years old




Thank you, Victoria. You did amazingly well and wonderfully these “Growing Up” years. Please do return in a few years.

The “Growing Up “Project:

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.

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’ve 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 written permission from that group to publish and post.