A hat like that is a symbol. A symbol for for freedom, solitude, endless horizon – a man and his boat. But it might as well symbolize fraternity, archaic customs and practise, endless hours in fusty libraries – a student’s life back in the olden days. It can also stand for an unconvential, artistic mind, a Kandinsky type of guy, a challenge to society. What? Isn’t that a little far-fetched? It’s just a hat! That’s true – but looking at Gunnar I do see a lot of the above in him: a longing for freedom, an intelectual curiosity and eagerness to learn and a non-conformist and unconventional mind. Maybe a hat CAN tell a lot. Never underestimate your accessories.
© Julia Richter