Weekend Inspiration – Uniform

After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children.

This week’s weekend inspiration is to take a photo of someone in uniform. Simple. Or is it?

Finding a uniform shouldn’t be hard. You can ask someone to model for you whose job requires them to wear a uniform. But you can also hit a thrift shop and pick up a uniform of some kind for a couple of bob. Either way, let the uniform inspire the photo.

What’s the uniform? A postman? Nurse? Bee keeper. Army? HazMat? Of course it’s not the uniform that matters, but what you do with it. Think unconventional. Contrast the uniform with the activity – like the photo above. How about a bee keeper in a swimming pool? Or go deeper. How about an army man in a diner? He’s furiously eating a huge burger dripping with ketchup while a mime is robbing the innocent, 17 year-old waitress by pointing his finger at her like a gun. Brrrr! Gives me shivers just thinking about how deep that is. How have I not won a Pulitzer or Nobel P.P. yet?

A uniform in a photo is loaded with baggage. Your audience will bring their own feelings, history, and associations to it. Give them some interesting details to prime their mind pump. But leave enough room for them to make up their own story.


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