Photographer's Note

Sometimes you do not need much to stand out of the crowd. Change color of the brick from red to black and you are different. Ironically, the red seems like a color which should be catching the attention and here it is opposite, the black brick is rare. “Black House”, as it is known among locals, is situated on the west side of the square Am Sande. It was built in the mid-16th century as a brewery. Today it is the seat of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Too often especially young people try to fit into a group giving up their identity, something what makes them special. I had a feeling of being quite different from as long as I remember, and I always saw it as a good thing. Being black sheep does not have to be negative. It may mean that you are specially gifted, more perceptive, more sensitive than others. Occasionally, it is challenging. Yesterday I was filling in an application form for car insurance. I am tearing my remaining hairs out every time I do it. The questions are very clear and simple for whoever was born here but they don’t always make sense to me. Sometimes, the answers seem contradictory because the questions were asked badly. For example, question: what driver licence do you have? I choose option “Full EU licence”, next question: when did you pass the driving test? Well I passed it in the USA, and later in Poland as well. I suppose I want to say that I have driving licence very long, so I tend to use the date of my first exam. But this is not something what can be confirmed with the current driver licence. And if I finish this form, my data will be forwarded to another insurance company which has the corresponding questions formulated in different way: they ask how long do you own this driver licence? And what I wrote before will be not correct anymore. If I don’t correct it, it may void my insurance, if I correct it, I may pay administration fee. That is just one of up to 100 questions I need to answer.

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