“She’s such an outsider,” said a teacher at the 8-year high school I attended. The teacher often conducted various personality tests with us and then evaluated them in front of everyone. However, this statement apparently stemmed purely from her observation.

I admit that I might not be naturally a very sociable person. But this label, which I received at the high school, accompanied me throughout my entire studies at this school. I saw no reason to behave differently. Why get involved, seek common interests? After all, I’m an outsider…

I am not sticking labels on children. Just like real stickers, when they’re stuck on for too long, they’re very hard to peel off…

Originally created in September 2005. It is one of my very first photo montages.



March 1, 2024

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