What would famous characters be like today if they were still alive? This question is probably asked by many fans of Princess Diana, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. Photographer Alper Yesiltas decided to answer it. With the help of artificial intelligence, he creates unique images.
Alper Yesiltas, who is from Istanbul, created a series of pictures entitled “As if Nothing Happened”, where he presented, among other things, Princess Diana, who died in a car accident in 1997, or John Lennon, who died in 1980. He used artificial intelligence for this, and the effect obtained is very natural and reliable. The pictures look like they were just taken.
An example of the musician who was worshiped by the masses, Kurt Cobain. He was the singer, guitarist and composer of the band Nirvana. In 1994 he committed suicide – and at the age of 27, he joined the so-called Club 27, which also includes other artists who died at the same age (Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin – ed.). Today, after the age of 50, it can – according to the artist – look like this.
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“If a man can think of something, he can do it”
Yesiltas has been involved in photography for 19 years. During that time, his works were used to illustrate books, albums, magazines and websites. He has won several awards for his work. The artist believes that everything possible can be shown in reality, in the real world. He believes that if one can think of something, one can also do it. This slogan was the inspiration and starting point for artificial intelligence experiments.
“When I started struggling with technology, I saw what I could do and asked myself what would make me happier. I wanted to see the people I missed again in front of me,” he told My Modern Met. Thus, “If Nothing Happened” was born.
Elvis Presley died suddenly in 1977. The king of rock and roll is considered one of the most important pop culture icons of the last century. To this day, he is still an inspiration to many other artists. If he were alive – as many fans still believe – he would be 87 years old.
How were the pictures made?
Yesiltas uses photo editing software such as Remini, Lightroom and VSCO to create portraits. Each of them is to help him create a work that is to create an effect as if the person was still alive. However, it is not an easy or quick process. As pointed out in the comments of tvn24.pl, the time spent preparing each such work varies, but it is a long process before the result is “real” enough. And it is this “reality” that is most important to him in the creative process. “My favorite moment is when it feels like the picture in front of me is real,” he says.
What is the idea behind his works? “Everything that can be imagined can be shown in reality. So let’s think and be happy,” he insists. Yesiltas admits that his favorite photo is that of Michael Jackson, who died 13 years ago at the age of 51. The King of Pop was one of the most decorated artists in the history of popular music. He has won 14 Grammy Awards and hundreds of other awards. Would it be like this today?
Princess Diana died in a car accident in Paris in 1997 while fleeing paparazzi. The first wife of King Charles III, the mother of Prince William and Harry, was one of the most famous people in the British royal family. Today he would be 61 years old.
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John Lennon, who died in 1980, would have been 82 years old today. The co-founder and lead singer of The Beatles was shot by Mark Chapman outside his New York home.
Freddie Mercury, the frontman of the band Queen, died in 1991 at the age of 45. He is often cited as one of the greatest singers in history. If not for AIDS, he would be 76 years old today. This is what it might look like.
Janis Joplin is an American singer who died in 1970. The rock music icon would have been 79 years old today.
Jimi Hendrix is often referred to as one of the greatest guitarists in rock history and legend. On September 18, 52 years have passed since his death. He would have been 80 years old today.
Bruce Lee is an actor known from the movie “Enter the Dragon”, but he is also a master and teacher of martial arts. He died in 1973 at the age of 33, and the cause of his death was a matter of dispute. It is officially recognized that the brain was swollen after mixing painkillers with narcotics.
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Main image source: Alper Yesiltas