This Is What Growing Up in Amsterdam Looks Like: From 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds

'100' (From 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds), a video by Jeroen Wolf

Stills from ’100′ (From 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds), a video by Jeroen Wolf.

Jeroen Wolf collected one hundred shots of Amsterdammers revealing their age: from a moaning baby to a beautiful old lady with sparkling eyes shouting, ‘100!’ The result is stunning. Since late August 2012, ‘100’ (from 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds), as the project is called, has spurred a lot of appreciative comments on Dutch film maker Wolf’s Filmersblog, YouTube and Vimeo channels. On Vimeo:

“I’m pretty impressed by this, that takes courage to walk up to people to ask them their age, not everyone is comfortable talking to a stranger like that, it takes patience.” –Stephanie Lynn

“This is a remarkable short film.” –RJ Evans

“Fascinating and sprung with surprises; you get a natural progression and every so often there is a “rogue” face, someone looking much younger or older than the norm.” –Barry Relph

“Wow… This is fantastic! Age and life written on the faces of such an awesome mix of gender and race! You have to love Amsterdam (and people!)” –Strider

On YouTube:

“great project. a real eye opener that we need to get busy living!” –Brcheung

“I love the little smile at 2:01, she looks so happy at accomplishing her age” –Kellyp2006

Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher even tweeted about the video to his 13.500.000+ followers:


Wolf explains how ‘100’ (from 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds) came about:

“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 sensitivity 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. Enjoy.”

Note how almost all of the models Wolf used for ‘100’ (from 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds) are filmed outside, until he gets to the last two decades: most elderly people are seen sitting inside.

 

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