Alper Yesiltas, Turkish photographer and artist wondered what John Lennon, Lady Di and Freddie Mercury would look like today if they were not dead and thanked them. Artificial intelligence was able to find the answer.
“As if nothing happened” is the name of a series of paintings that the Turkish artist shared on his Instagram account this week. It captures the detail and astonishing realism of what the most beloved and admired celebrities of today look like.
Alper Yesiltas explained on his Instagram account that the question behind the project was “what would these people look like, photo realistically if the events that led to their deaths had not happened.”
To create the images, Alper Yesiltas used a variety of tools, such as Remini, an AI photo enhancer, and the popular Lightroom and VSCO photo editing programs. These software helped him create ultra-realistic compositions that looked like photographs taken today, as if celebrities were alive today.
Regarding the idea and development of the project, Yesiltas told the My Modern Met site that he was always excited about the possibilities offered by artificial intelligence. He affirms that everything that can be imagined with it can come true. “I saw what I could do and I thought what would make me happy: I wanted to see some of the people I remembered again before me”,
Yesiltas further explained that the process of creating each image is neither easy nor fast. The results are fascinating:
Freddie Mercury, a member of the Queen, died on November 24, 1991, at the age of 48. Today I will be 76 years old.
Lady Di, Diana Francis Spencer, Princess of Wales, was born in 1961 and died in a tragic accident in Paris at the age of 36. Today I will be 61 years old.
another astonishing picture John Lennon, The popular English musician, founder of the Beatles, was born in Liverpool in 1940. He died in New York at the age of 40 after a fan shot several times at the door of the building where he lived. Today I will be 82 years old.
Elvis Presley There was another hero of this section. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll died of an acute myocardial infarction in 1977 at the age of 42 at his Graceland home.
Kurt CobainThe American musician, the founder of Nirvana, committed suicide at the age of 27 at his home in Seattle. Today I will be 55 years old.