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Service With A Smile

By BlueRoom
The postman calls, in his now quite customary white van. Sadly the Post Office seems now to prefer to rent vans from outside sources than maintain its own fleet. Accountancy and economics are a strange and mysterious dark arts these days. I think that has worked in my favour here though as the red van would have made this a quite different picture.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Portraits and people

Voters: boov, woolybill1, helenlinda and 20 more

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POOCHIE 11 21 6 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 4:57PM
Vantastic eRK tac sharp

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backbeat Plus
11 134 1 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 8:16PM
Perfectly window framed Eric..he doesn't look best pleased though!

BlueRoom 11 73 20 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2013 10:21PM
He has a right to look concerned Phil, last time I took his picture he ended up emerging from a toilet bowl. That was many years ago and I hope since then I've learnt to use my manipulative super powers, if not more wisely, at least with a little more subtlety. :0)
Source 7
27 Mar 2013 10:21PM
Brilliant Smile !
derrymaine 4 17 Greece
28 Mar 2013 6:26AM
stunning shot!
SlowSong Plus
9 7.0k 30 England
28 Mar 2013 9:59AM
Terrific shot. Attitude. Smile
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
28 Mar 2013 7:38PM
Great natural framing for this excellent portrait.
In Holland the postal services are trying to make a bigger profit by laying off the regular postmen and hiring part timers to deliver the mail. Last year they had to sack 300 of those part timers for stealing or throwing away mail.......... That's economy for you! Smile
BlueRoom 11 73 20 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2013 10:59PM
Cheers Rende. You do get some astonishing logic when accountants take over. They squeeze common sense and ethics out the back door. The losses incurred by the substandard postmen no doubt appear in a different set of books so it's still all good on paper. Everyone can see how screwed up it is except the financial wizards. :0(
RockArea 11 18 3 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2013 6:19PM
What a nice shape that door contour makes. White vans indeed, we'll be having plain clothes postmen next and then where will we be? Excellent photography and conversion!

15 Aug 2013 4:08PM
Very interesting choice of point of view, instead of just shooting the subject. Rich black andwhite tones. Expression is everything and, here, very well served by the postman's eyes, the black and white and the photograph's point of view all togheter. It takes some courage to approach people and photograph them that way.

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