Laurie Toby Edison

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From 0 to 100 in Pictures

Debbie says:

This little video completely captured my imagination. Starting with an infant, it quickly shows you a wide variety of people, each one year older than the last. Once you get past the one-year-old, each one says their age (often not in English).

It was filmed in Amsterdam, and here’s what the film-maker says about it:

In October 2011 I started documenting people in the city of Amsterdam, approaching them in the street and asking them to say their age in front of the camera. My aim was to ‘collect’ a group of 100 people, from age 0 to 100. At first my collection grew fast but slowed down when it got down to the very young and very old. The young because of sensivity around filming or photographing children and the very old because they don’t get out of the house much. I found my very old ‘models’ in care homes and it was a privilege to document these -often vulnerable- people for this project. I had particular problems finding a 99 year-old. (Apparently 100 year-olds enjoy notoriety, but a 99 year-old is a rare species…) And when I finally did find one, she refused to state her age. She simply denied being 99 years old! But finally, some 4 months after I recorded my first ‘age’, I was able to capture the ‘missing link’ and conclude this project.

If you think you’re good at guessing ages from how people look, this may surprise you. I also just like the the simplicity of the idea, and just looking at everyone.

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