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 photo series 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," the professional photographer 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
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7 months 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 a photoshoot 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 behind the scenes.

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Neon Petra
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7 months 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
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7 months 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 funny photos had the subject standing behind a fire, which unexpectedly turned into a 10-foot flame...

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Luis Milian
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7 months 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 interesting photos for their passports," Max said. "However, the pictures 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
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7 months ago

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

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Jaykob Cole Plascencia
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7 months ago

How?? 😂

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Wings
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7 months ago

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

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White Raven
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7 months ago

Those are some long legs

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Iggy
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7 months ago

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

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Demi Zwaan
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7 months ago

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

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Iggy
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7 months ago

Adds a whole new meaning to 'family pack'.

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louis porter
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7 months ago

Fuck that bitch.

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Issabella M
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7 months ago

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

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Kioh81
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7 months ago

Help I've got a stage 5 clinger!

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SnowyLynx
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7 months ago

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

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ChaiDai
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7 months ago

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

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Kioh81
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7 months ago

World's loudest sack race participant

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Bored Birgit
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7 months ago

Footloose.

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Kioh81
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7 months ago

Excuse me while I powder my rolls

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Donna Leske
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7 months ago

Two for the money.

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Danish Dynomummy
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7 months ago

Ugh, now I want to rewatch Bloodsport

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Kioh81
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7 months ago

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

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Kioh81
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7 months ago

Breakfast club, escort edition

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Maximiliano De Borba
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7 months ago

Whattttttt, white socks with black pants!!!

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Sophia Chan
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7 months ago

I knew something fishy was going on there...

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Wyndmere
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7 months ago

I see the belly roller guy got de-dusted in the shower.

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Heaven Scott
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7 months ago

nice chair

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Non-New-Toni-An
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7 months ago

I hope that's a print and not a painting

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Elis Malachov
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7 months ago (edited)

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

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SnowyLynx
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7 months ago

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

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