Passport-Photobia (n): A fear and aversion of having to take passport photos. Coined by Psych Babbler (2010)
There was a reason why I kept putting off applying for my passport. Unconsciously maybe. But there was. The bloody passport photos. Why do they have to make it so hard?
No showing teeth.
Don’t wear glasses because the flash bounces off the lens.
No hair falling on the forehead.
No showing teeth when smiling.
It’s a nightmare. I went last week after work and pretty much had all of the above. How in the world do I look natural and yet smile without showing my teeth? [To those who don’t know me, when I smile, it’s showing my goddam teeth!] Also, they made me take off my glasses! I told the person that I wear glasses all the time and she said “Oh well, they’ll just get you to take it off at customs.” And for some reason, turning off the flash didn’t occur to her.
Anyway, the end result of that session was that I looked like a terrorist. Okay. Maybe not a terrorist. But definitely someone who would be held up at customs for a ‘random’ check. Yes, it looked that bad. I kid you not.
Eventually, I went yesterday to another place and got another set done. This time with glasses and without glasses. It’s not great [like most passport photos] and I look constipated but at least I doubt they will hold me up at customs!
So what kind of passport photos do you take?
Until next time,