FP staff23 September 2022 11:20:12
Artificial intelligence or artificial intelligence used to create art can be a rather divisive topic. Well, we’ve recently seen how AI, when implemented right, can be great.
Alper Yesiltas, a lawyer and photographer based in Istanbul, Turkey, used artificial intelligence to create lifelike portraits of some of our favorite and iconic celebrities and what they would look like today if they hadn’t died young.
Yesiltas released a series of 10 images as part of his project titled “As If Nothing Happened”.
Posting on a blog, Yesiltas said:
“With the development of AI technology, I have been excited for a while, thinking that ‘anything imaginable can be shown in reality’. As I started tinkering with technology, I saw what I could do and thought about what would make me happier. I wanted to see some of the people I missed in front of me again and that’s how this project was born. “
“The hardest part of the creative process for me is making the image feel ‘real’ to me. The moment I like most is when I think that the image in front of me is very realistic, as if it had been taken by a photographer “.
“I am using various software programs. The time it takes to create a fully finished image varies, but I’d say it takes a while for an image to look “real” to me “.
Each of the celebrities featured in the project died at a young age, often in tragic and sometimes mysterious circumstances.
Princess Diana was killed in Paris at the age of 36 after the Mercedes-Benz she was traveling in crashed while being chased by paparazzi in the early hours of August 31, 1997.
Kurt Cobain was found dead on April 5, 1994 at his Seattle home after a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 27 when he died.
Jimi Hendrix died of an overdose on September 18, 1970. He also died at the age of 27.
Beatles singer John Lennon was shot dead outside New York City on December 8, 1980 at the age of 40.
Freddie Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia caused by AIDS on November 24, 1991 at his London home at the age of 45.
Michael Jackson, who began altering his appearance significantly in the mid-1980s, died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine poisoning at his Los Angeles home on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.
Elvis Presley, who suffered from heart problems and had diabetes, died on August 16, 1977 at the age of 42.
Tupak Shakur was murdered when he was 25, in Las Vegas, allegedly by a gang in a shooting on September 13, 1996.
Actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose on January 22, 2008 at the age of 28.
Bruce Lee died on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32, in a rather strange accident caused by taking the wrong medicines for a series of seizures and headaches. It is assumed that his medicines were changed or that he was given the wrong medicine.
Yesiltas wants to extend the “As If Nothing Happened” project, but very selectively, so the process is a bit slow for me. He also intends to continue using the same AI bot he developed and providing images for projects such as “Life in 2050” and “Alternate Museum”.