I don’t suppose it matters much to him, the job-provided wardrobe. It takes the pressure off. I should ask.
And while I’m at it, I should pose the question to her from a slightly different angle: did you think of today’s photographs as you dressed this morning?
He did not smile for the first five years. Lord knows I smiled. Then I tried sarcasm.
She, her first day.
He saw me in my suit one day last year. She did not. They talked about it for days.
I started photographing the pair last Tuesday. I planned on taking the last of a series today. And I had another question for her: Why no uniform?
I had given some thought to the other clerk, equally pleasant.
I had two, maybe three problems with this series. The light from outside and the overheads were problematic. The room is shallow, which made it difficult to step back far enough for wider shots. The last photo of two people is an attempt to remedy both of these issues. It also adds some much-needed variety. The third problem is one that continues to haunt me: taking my time to get the shots right. In this instance, however, I cannot be too harshly criticized. These people are working, and I did not want to interfere with that. I worked around and between customers, and thought it best to get in and out as quickly as possible. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Nor some kook dogging them with a camera.