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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Daria Z
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1 year ago

Lol :D

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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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year ago

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

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Maximiliano De Borba
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1 year ago

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This one no way pass on passport! The neck is cover

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Heaven Scott
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1 year ago

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umm...

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White Raven
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1 year ago

Those are some long legs

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Kioh81
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1 year ago

Psssst, you wanna buy some real fresh toast? I got the stuff!

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Careful, caaareful...

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

isn't this dangerous?

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Me to my parents...

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Issabella M
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1 year ago

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

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Kioh81
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1 year ago

Help I've got a stage 5 clinger!

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Maximiliano De Borba
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1 year ago

Excuse me, the seal remains there

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

pedobear? i this you?

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Kioh81
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1 year ago

World's loudest sack race participant

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Maximiliano De Borba
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1 year ago

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Annoying, blue pants with red top

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Kioh81
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1 year ago

Excuse me while I powder my rolls

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Donna Leske
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1 year ago

Two for the money.

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Danish Dynomummy
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1 year ago

Ugh, now I want to rewatch Bloodsport

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Kioh81
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1 year ago

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

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Maximiliano De Borba
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1 year ago

Don't cover your ears lady

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Randy Dhuyvetter
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1 year ago

Wait, what?

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Sophia Chan
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1 year ago

I knew something fishy was going on there...

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Wyndmere
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1 year ago

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

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Heaven Scott
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1 year ago

nice chair

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Non-New-Toni-An
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1 year ago

I hope that's a print and not a painting

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Elis Malachov
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1 year ago (edited)

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

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Maximiliano De Borba
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Hair behind the ears for passport

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