On Seeing, A Journal. #427

Growing Up: Oliver

Tuesday, April 13, 2021


I have studied of over 200 children from childhood into their 20’s.  I began with some when they were newborns as is the case with Oliver; others 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.

With Dad, 1 year and 17 years
10 days old
One year old
8 years old
10 years old
13 years old
16 years old


17 years old


24 years old


Drawn at 24 years, last portrait session


This special young man proved to be as unique, fascinating and genuine as any of the many young people I have had the privilege to get to know.
 Good luck, Oliver; I hope you’ll return in a few years.

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 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. A few chose to use pseudonyms.