Passports and the Art of Travel

Passports and the Art of Travel

I’m stuck in traffic on the M25 on a sticky Friday afternoon.  And I’m bored. So I start to play with my I-phone camera and take some shots of my colourful passport stamps and visas. I’m having fun now and passing the time.  Hmm – what can I do with this photo collage app. Turn that one, shrink that stamp. It’s coming together now. Liven up the colour, add frame, remove frame…  Cool!

Passport Stamp Art

My entry for Ailsa’s weekly travel theme ‘play’ and my first mobile/cell phone post!  What’dya  think?

Footnote: Calm down everyone – I was the passenger. Mister was driving!  The app I used was Pic-Stitch Collage.

 

55 Comments

  1. That’s a cool thing to do! Makes me want to make a collage of my own!

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  2. Love it! My first ever passport was issued to me in Africa while my family and I were sailing from the UK to The Gambia. Not sure I’ll beat that one (or the tanned me in the photo!) but I’m trying ;o)

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  3. Great idea Suzanne. This reminds me of the travel stickers I’ve seen on retro suitcases (usually battered leather). ~James

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    • Amazing what you can do when stuck in traffic (not driving!) I’m never one to waste time :)

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  4. Awesome! I just had to renew my passport, and the new one is all blank and way too clean… must get to work on remedying that! :)

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  5. Cute stamps, its so colorful. I’m sure you’ve been to so many places, how I wish to travel like you

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    • Thank you – I hope you do, travel’s wonderful for making memories :)

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  6. Brilliant! What a great background image that would make Suzanne!

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  7. Cool! Would make for interesting wallpaper in the bathroom!
    Frank (bbqboy)

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    • Thanks for dropping by BBQBoy – just heading over to you now :)

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  8. Hello Suzanne, I’ve just found your blog and loved wandering around and getting lost in it! The Passport collage is fabulous! Your stamps are so colourful – the countries I visit seem to prefer plain black ink!!! But, still, I downloaded the app – will try it out.

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    • Have fun with the app and thanks for dropping by the blog – we’re very happy to have you here :)

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  9. Wow, so many stamps! Looks like a fun app :)

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  10. How fun! And the end result looks very cool.

    Sadly, I have no stamps in my passport. I’ve only had it a year and everywhere I’ve been with it was within the EU, so no stamps.

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    • Thank you! My passport is quite old now and I’ll need to renew it in 18 months – the print on the front cover has worn away completely! Hopefully you’ll get stamped soon!

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    • I get bored easily – I’d read my book so thought I’d have a play!

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  11. Great pic. Very cool post!

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      • I admire your ability to multi-task! Smart-phones have so changed the way we do things. I’m loving the whole shoot, edit, share mentality.

      • I agree – it’s so instant and there’s so much inspiration out there :)

      • So true; I’ve started looking at things quite differently now that I can shoot, edit and share. I like the way the editing apps can modify a shot to capture a mood in ways that the “raw” photo doesn’t.

      • I can relate to that too – when I know I can just whip out my mobile and get creative in a minute or less!

      • Kinda challenges what we have traditionally thought about art doesn’t it? Like all new technologies I suppose. I guess photo editing for all wi raise the same sort of debate as box brownies! Perhaps I should think this one through a bit and try for an Arts Council grant to do an installation exploring the creative boundaries of cultural manipulation by smart phone. We could collaborate and tour the show globally :-)!!! Or not.

      • There’s definitely a debate to be had here Su!
        As far as Instagram and FB corps are concerned the value in our pics is actually the data attached to them and not our creative abilities. Although for me the value is in the memories they hold. Very subjective…! :)

  12. you went in the 7 hour jam my daughter was in last Friday, were you?

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    • This was Friday just gone – it just slowed us up a bit. I think it was just volume of traffic…

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  13. From one Suze to another, I have to say what fun! Defo a different take on Play for this challenge! I love trying out different apps….

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  14. That is a great souvenir or postcard and look how many places you’ve been!

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    • It was good to reminisce – tricky compiling a post on my mobile phone though…

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  15. Suzanne, great job – very cool …. aren’t you suppose to keep an eye on the traffic ??!!!! Naughty girl … M25 will never get any better .. they put some more lanes on to it when I lived in Brighton, but didn’t help much. Have a great weekend

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    • Must confirm that I was The passenger – Mister was at the wheel!!!! I find it hard enough to navigate the car without distractions – dont think I could handle blogging and driving at the same time!!

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      • Okay, now I understand better – I thought with your laws regarding phones and driving you were living dangerously in more than way.

      • Ha ha – I’m a good girl Viveka. Well most of the time :)

  16. love it, but I do hope you weren’t ‘driving’ ;-)

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    • No I wasn’t driving – not bad at multi-tasking but that would have taken it to a whole new level!

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  17. Just don’t get caught for using a mobile while driving Suzanne. I guess that you were not moving, but be careful! :?

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    • I was the passenger – I wouldn’t ever use my mobile whilst driving. I have hands free for calls but even that is distracting…

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      • I knew that you wouldn’t be driving at the time Suzanne. I just didn’t think of you being a passenger either. Thank goodness for ‘smartphones’ and their ability to while away those boring moments. :) Still trying to learn how to use mine. :?

  18. I love it! Do you mind sharing the name of the app you used?

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    • Thanks Cathy – it was the Pic-Stitch Collage app and the first time I’d used it. Very easy to use and a lot of fun!

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      • Great, Suzanne! I’m going to look it up!

  19. Very fun! Way better than just staring at the car in front, how creative :)

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    • Thanks – I have very little spare time so the slow traffic was put to good use :)

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