Photographer's Note

I just could not resist to use the word “schwer” in the title while talking about Schwerin. The German word “schwer” means “difficult” or “heavy”. Ironically, the name of the town does not originate from the German word. Instead, like many town names in Eastern Germany it comes from a Slavic word, from Polabian Zwierzyn, name of the Slavic town which existed there before arrival of Germans. It is quite interesting to realize that this originally Slavic region was conquered by Germans just in 1160. The history is written by the winners and so when you read about the history of these lands, they usually start with German settlers without going further back. Ironically, the lands which Poland won over from the Kievan Rus in the east roughly at the same time and which were for hundreds of years incorporated to Poland are perceived by Ukrainians as Ukrainian, while it would be seen ridiculous to claim rights to most of Eastern Germany by Slavic nations these days.
Even these days a weak country has no rights. A country which is strong and/or has strong allies can be as aggressive as it wants. Ironically, a strong military country may accuse the weak country of nationalism. History is not fair.

I have visited Schwerin two times, once in the pre-digital times and later again with a digital camera already. My favourite subject to photograph there, the spectacular Schwerin Castle, was every time covered with heavy scaffolding. Here I found a fragment of the castle which is mostly clear of the scaffolding. It was schwer, it was difficult to avoid it though. The castle is amazing, and it looks differently from every angle.
This is a scan from a print.

(source of info about Schwerin from wikipedia:

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