Artist sets up passport photoshoot with hilarious unseen background details
You can’t smile, you can’t wear too much makeup or have a fringe. That can only mean one thing – you’re taking a passport photo.
While some of us scrunch up inside a photo booth at train stations, others go to a photography studio to get professional shots.
And like all of us, artist Max Siedentopf finds the whole affair very boring.
So he set up some pretty hilarious backgrounds to the ordinary rigid 45mm by 35mm frame.
In one image you can see the serious shot but in the next, bizarre scenarios going on behind the frame, such as nipples being vacuumed and the subject being taped to a wall.
We have no idea how any of the subjects managed to keep a straight face.
In fact, Max’s idea for the project came when he couldn’t keep a straight face for his own passport photo.
Max stuck to the requirements for passport pictures which have to be in a plain setting, in colour, with the head taking up 70-80% of the photo.
A ‘neutral facial expression’ is also part of the rules.
Each serious shot adhered to these, but in the reveal, the subjects could be seen balancing glasses of wine on their arms, trying not to react to live fire, using a rolling pin on their stomach and lots of other bizarre things.
Here are some of the weird and wonderful photos from Max’s passport shoot:
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