Passport photos are as exciting as getting them taken. But while there's nothing we can do about the former, we sure can improve the latter. Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf has just released a project that pokes fun at traditional passport photography, trying to inject as much self-expression in this mind-numbing experience as possible.

"I recently had to renew my passport and, of course, also needed to get a new passport photo taken," Siedentopf told Bored Panda. "While sitting in front of the camera and keeping a straight face, I was wondering how something so dull could be 'tricked' and get some more excitement into the whole process of passport photography.

More info: maxsiedentopf.com | Instagram

Image credits: Max Siedentopf

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Oathbraker 4 weeks ago

Well that got kinky really quickly...

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Since Max works across several disciplines, including design, photography, and publishing, he quickly came up with an idea. The official passport photo requirements include that the subject needs to face the camera straight on, needs a clear background without shadow, no glare on glasses and most importantly; no smile. However, they say nothing about what happens outside of the shot.

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Neon Petra 4 weeks ago

"Yeah, I'll just... hang here, I guess..."

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"Passport photos have their purpose for being so strict, but in an age of funny selfies and Instagram filters, it would, of course, be nice to see if that could also be applied to your passport," Max added.

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Amey Datye 4 weeks ago

this is fine

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After coming up with all the crazy posing activities for his models, Siedentopf started shooting them. But the ridiculously over-the-top setup has taken its toll. For example, one of the photos had the subject standing behind a fire, which unexpectedly turned into a 10-foot flame...

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Luis Milian 4 weeks ago

when you facetime an interview

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"[It's] still a bit early to say if any of the models will use these pictures for their passports," Max said. "However, the photos follow all the official requirements so I sure hope that some of them will use them in the near future."

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Neon Petra 4 weeks ago

I thought that was a regular dress at first...

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Wings 4 weeks ago

She didn't do her chores when she was told so she became the chore

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White Raven 4 weeks ago

Those are some long legs

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Iggy 4 weeks ago

It's a great winter coat. It keeps her nice and toasty.

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Demi Zwaan 4 weeks ago

Nice Photoshop... Water (wine) level should always be straight, even when the glasses are not.

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Iggy 4 weeks ago

Adds a whole new meaning to 'family pack'.

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louis porter 3 weeks ago

Fuck that bitch.

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Issabella M 4 weeks ago

Wow, nice buns AND a six pack....

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Kioh81 4 weeks ago

Help I've got a stage 5 clinger!

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SnowyLynx 4 weeks ago

The face you make when you walk outside and have to act cool

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ChaiDai 4 weeks ago

Is that a teddy bear, or are you just happy to see me?

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Kioh81 4 weeks ago

World's loudest sack race participant

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Bored Birgit 4 weeks ago

Footloose.

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Kioh81 4 weeks ago

Excuse me while I powder my rolls

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Donna Leske 4 weeks ago

Two for the money.

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Danish Dynomummy 4 weeks ago

Ugh, now I want to rewatch Bloodsport

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Kioh81 4 weeks ago

And that was when Karen finally knew it was time to get her son out of the house

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Kioh81 4 weeks ago

Breakfast club, escort edition

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Maximiliano De Borba 4 weeks ago

Whattttttt, white socks with black pants!!!

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Sophia Chan 4 weeks ago

I knew something fishy was going on there...

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Nathan Jessen 3 weeks ago

Dare I ask what form of negotiation is taking place here?

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Non-New-Toni-An 4 weeks ago

I hope that's a print and not a painting

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Elis Malachov 4 weeks ago (edited)

Has anyone seen Doctor Lecter? He is at it again!

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SnowyLynx 4 weeks ago

Makes you wonder what she wants to do out of the country... ; )

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