On Seeing, A Journal. #453
Growing Up: William Haight
October 26, 2021
This award has just been announced!
3 years and 25 years
I have studied over 200 children from childhood into their 20’s some starting in utero and when they were newborns, as in this case with William, and others when they were about six or seven, making annual studio portraits and asking them, once they learned to read and write, to write answers to a series of questions, a kind of diary about their lives, their feelings, their hopes, their regrets.
I loved seeing William each year, a terrific kid.
His story became gripping and poignant……..
Mom to be: 11 days before labor and birth
6 days old
3 years old
8 years old
10 years old
11 years old
13 years old
15 years old
19 years old
With mom at 19 years old.
25 years old
When I read this I became quite concerned..
I called him and we spoke about his depression. I suggested, strongly, that he seek help.
I had continued to call and write William.
After over a year he responded: he was better; we had a warm conversation.
Because he lived on the West Coast and I in NYC, I asked him to please answer some questions about his life, currently. These are his responses:
At 26+ years:
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.