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This is me looking ridiculous, i know, i'm trying to understand HATE. Yesterday i've been told by a 15 year old German boy (a neighbour) to fuck off, to go back to my country (Holland), he gave me the finger and his face was full of hate. I was totally overwhelmed by his expression, i would've loved to photograph him at that particular

moment, it was probably better i didn't. I just could'nt understand where that hate against me came from, i spoke to his father later on, i asked him to get his son so he could appologize to me. The father refused to get him.


I slept very bad last night, trying to understand hate, trying to understand what it does to people, the hater and the one being hated, it's such a radical emotion. I'm 55 years old now, never before such a thing happened to me. I learned something though, hate is ugly, depressing and above all so pittyfull.


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Taken on March 14, 2010