‘100’ (5050 years in 150 seconds)
One YouTube user, who goes by the screen name “‘Filmersblog,'” has completed a video:
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. Enjoy.
Filmersblog says in the video’s description that he started the project in October 2011 by walking up to people on the street and asking them if they wanted to participate. He says that the project started off well, but soon ran into some problems. “At first, my collection grew fast, but slowed down when it got down to the very young and very old.” He was eventually able to complete the project by visiting elder care facilities.
However, there was one reluctant participant who had to be replaced. A 99-year-old woman refused to state her real age on camera, and soon began to deny being 99 at all. So after four months of searching for a willing volunteer, Filmersblog found a 99-year-old to complete his project. So what is the combined total for all participants? Five thousand and 50 years.