Old passports


Since my family don’t like to throw anything out, you never quite know what might be uncovered when – in a fit of madness – someone feels compelled to have a bit of a tidy up. After one such recent freak event, my mother brought over a collection of ancient family passports with hilarious – I mean lovely – black and white photos. Well, when someone hands me something like that, they have to accept that it’ll make an appearance on this blog at some point or other.

And since it’s April’s birthday today, I thought I’d start by drawing this one from her 1973 passport. Although I thought I’d drawn enough passport photos to last me a while, some things are just too good to pass up, so I’ll be adding a few more to my collection.

Self-portrait with paintbrush

selfportraitpaintbrushI just came across this exhibition currently on at the V&A, celebrating contemporary portraiture. They even make mention of the way we present a portrait of ourselves through our passport photographs, which ties in rather nicely with my passport project– very timely indeed! Hopefully I’ll get a chance to see this before the exhibition ends in April.

Sticking to the theme of portraiture for this week’s post, here I am showing off my fine, sable, paintbrush moustache.

Passport photos | Ten

Today’s post is a special one as it marks my 40th passport drawing since this project began. I’m so pleased the project has been a success and that so many people engaged with it, but I think it’s time for a change of focus. After today, I won’t be actively seeking any more passport photos to draw, so unless you have already sent yours in, or you ask me nicely, I’ll be winding the project down.

But for now we have Emily on the left, followed by my dapper grandfather Roberto, then Elaine, Sam and Martin.

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Passport photos | Nine

Here are this week’s passport drawings. From left to right are Joe, Fernando, Katie and Martin.

Work on my website is slowly progressing and last week was spent mainly editing photos, writing descriptions and generally tying up loose ends. I’m hoping it won’t be too much longer until the first few projects are ready to be uploaded.

Passport photos | Seven

This week’s passport drawings are of Nicholas, Foo, Me and Joe. I’ve still got a backlog of passport photos that people have sent in, so thanks for being patient.

I spent today photographing some recent work and generally getting things ready to put online- soon there will be a whole new snazzy section to this blog, so keep yer eyes peeled!