Beginning in October 2011, Jeroen Wolf (aka Filmersblog) set about documenting people in the awesome city of Amsterdam by approaching them on the street and asking them to state their respective ages on 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.”
The resulting video, '100’ (5050 years in 150 seconds), is an engrossing glimpse of the human aging process expressed across 100 wonderful Dutch faces. As each person comes and goes the viewer also gets a sense of how their personalities differ simply by the way each person states their age.