Passport images do not generally make for artistic portraits. As a substitute, this style of portraiture sits easily alongside mug shots in equally its flattery of the featured subjects as well as its capability to convey that subject’s individuality. Just take a brief search at the official tips for capturing these photos, and you’ll obtain there is tiny to no area for creativeness. Enter Max Siedentopf.
In his venture, aptly titled “Passport Images,” Siedentopf turns the style on its head and introduces a distinctive twist to the or else lackluster portraits.
In accordance to Siedentopf, “‘Passport Photos’ appears at one particular of the most mundane and unexciting styles of photography. Heavily restricted and controlled, the official passport image requirements include that the subject desires to confront the camera straight on, desires a distinct history without shadow, no fashion masking hair, no glare on eyeglasses, no smile. It seems almost impossible for any type of self expression. The collection attempts to challenge these official guidelines by screening all the issues you could be performing when you are having your formal doc picture.”
Siedentopf, a Namibian-German visual artist primarily based in London, uses the margins outdoors of the official passport crop to make his resourceful mark. His topics normally come to a decision how they’d like to be photographed, and their requests are very little brief of uncommon. As you’ll notice in the photographs underneath, very a great deal nearly anything goes. Whilst the official portrait reveals company as standard, the tale that unfolds in the complete frame is considerably additional revealing and memorable.
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All of the photos have been utilized with the artist’s permission.