On Seeing, A Journal. #514

GROWING UP: Sarah Brooks

February 14, 2023



7 and 26 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 Sarah Brooks, 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.

I‘ve felt a special interest and attachment to Sarah from the time she first came to the studio. She was one of the cutest and most intelligent little people I had ever met. She has grown up as a well-educated, thoughtful and gracious young woman. A real gift to my “Growing Up” project.


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26 years


Thank you, Sarah.

I wish you much good luck for your promising future.
Please do return in a few years.

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.