On Seeing, A Journal. #471

Growing UP: Thomas Heinbockel

March 22, 2022


10 years and 27 years

I have studied over 200 children from childhood into their 20’s. I began with some when their mothers were pregnant, and others, as was the case with Thomas, 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 looked forward to seeing Thomas each year. With always a twinkle in his eyes, he was authentic and impressive; and a role model for staying in shape.


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


18 years old


19 years old


27 years old


It was so wonderful seeing you every time you came, Thomas.


I wish you great luck in your endeavor to help others.

And, 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.