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  • Eh! A Look At Canada’s New Passport

    Eh! A Look At Canada’s New Passport

    Canadian identity has long been defined by its mosaic culture, from its peoples and traditions, to cuisine and the arts, and everything in-poutine, er, between.

    The unveiling of a new Canadian passport design has added to the conversation of national identity; while several familiar Canadian icons have been retired, fresh depictions of diversity, wildlife, and landscapes now fill our passport’s pages. If it’s Canadian icons you’re looking for, we’ve got 150 of them for you here.

    Being the designers that we are, we were excited to investigate the fancy new features of the look for what it is—collectively wondering if the passport is maple-scented—to highlight some of its nifty features.


     

    True North, Strong and Blue

    Blue Passport

    Source Canada.ca

    Just as before, our regular passport will remain navy blue, but they do come in other colours. Want a red passport? Sorry, those are just for diplomats. How about a white one? Those are only given as temporary passports at Canadian embassies. Green? Sure, if you’re a Member of Parliament.


    King Charles III

    One of the first in the Commonwealth to do so, Canada’s new passport makes reference to King Charles III. The Coat of Arms remains the same as before, as the passport was a multi-year production process before approval of a new Coat of Arms.


    Ten-Year Tenure

    Source Canada.ca

    Our new 37-page passport is replacing a decade-old 36-page design from 2013. Before 2013, Canadian passports had a whopping 48 pages; the number of pages was reduced with the introduction of e-Passports.


    Temperature Sensitive

    Source Canada.ca

    We can’t wait to get our new passports to test this one out: the data page features a maple leaf icon that disappears when covered by your finger. Unless it’s January…and your fingers are frozen.


    Enhanced Security Features

    Source ServiceCanadaE via Youtube

    Perhaps the biggest change to our passport is the page with your information. Overtop of the passport holder’s photo is a Kinegram for an added layer of security and a custom see-through window with a secondary image of the portrait. Personal information now comes in a proprietary typeface, laser-engraved onto polycarbonate thermoplastic pages. Goodbye, ink-printing.


    Variable Laser Images

     

    Source Canada.ca

    With an emphasis on nature, throughout the passport are images depicting seasonal events and activities that appear one way in normal light and as another season under ultraviolet light. As an added treat, the designs become more vivid after exposure to UV light.


    We’re Number Four! We’re Number Four!

    That’s pretty great in terms of security and accessibility. According to the Passport Index, Canada’s passport ranks fourth in all the world, granting us access to over 170 visa-on-arrival or visa-free countries.


    See You In Summer

    Apply now, as there will be backlogs abound. If you manage to obtain one in time for your summer travels, you’ll be among the first to show off these features to your friends around the world.

     
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  • Under Exposed: Ratul Debnath

    Under Exposed: Ratul Debnath

    Here’s a background that’s sure to inspire you. Let’s get to know recent Windsor resident and commercial photographer Ratul Debnath.

    Ratul has a background in mechanical engineering and automotive manufacturing. From the onset of his photography career in 2008, he has looked to study and capture interaction. Interaction of subjects with their environment, interaction of light with shapes, and interaction of colours. This has led to a very diverse portfolio in photography. His visual story telling bares emphasis on colour, lighting and mood. Interaction being his primary focus has led him to excel in environmental portraiture with a drive to show the best in people. Five of his first years in professional photography were working for a luxury lifestyle magazine publication, where he found on-the-job schooling of how photographs and typography interact with graphic overlays and he learned to compose his shots with end use in mind.

    Ratul spent his early childhood in Lagos, Nigeria, finished high school in India, and he then immigrated to Canada in the early 2000’s to study mechanical engineering. The need to adapt to drastically diverse environments in the early years was a recipe for creating not only a travelling photographer where he is often shooting on location, but also someone keenly interested in cultural diversity and adaptable to any social landscape. Following work with the magazine, he filmed two unpublished documentaries in BC. He also toured Canada with Juno award winning band Digging Roots as content creator as well as recording sound engineer for an album and walked the red carpet at the 2014 Junos for Indigenous album of the year nomination. More recently, he is working on his second short stop-motion film with his partner Catherine Hois as technical director and photographer. He has been commissioned and published in magazines, bill boards and websites globally, but in his free time, he likes to film and photograph fine art environmental portraits.

    He has been fortunate to work with experienced creative teams of brands like Canada Goose, Harley Davidson, Manitobah Mukluks, W Hotels, Welcome Heritage Resort Group (ITC Group), BellStar Group for web, social media and billboards as well as publications like Vogue, Artells, 6x, Pie Magazine, Mob Journal, Untold, Agidel, Fienfh amongst others.

    He also has a background in film media having worked as a cinematographer, editor and colourist in short documentaries, music videos and stop motion films. 



    You can find some more of his work on www.ratulphoto.com 

    Read more: Under Exposed: Ratul Debnath

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