AI portraits show what late rockstars would look like if they were still alive today

Sep 23, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Sep 23, 2022

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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I believe you’ve seen AI-generated portraits of people who don’t exist. But artificial intelligence can do more, and actually make us tear up when seeing its creations – it can generate people who once were. It can create portraits of people who are no longer with us and show us what they would look like if they were still alive.

This is exactly what Alper Yesiltas used it for. With help of AI, he reimagined some of the biggest music icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin and others. All of them abandoned us way too young, and Alper’s emotional project shows what they might look like if they were still here.

Alper is a lawyer and an award-winning photographer living in Istanbul, Turkey. He’s been imagining scenes and capturing memories for nearly two decades, with his photos published worldwide in books, magazines, exhibitions, and websites. His latest project is titled As if nothing happened and although he’s a photographer, this one is AI-based. “With the development of AI technology, I’ve been excited for a while, thinking that ‘anything imaginable can be shown in reality,’” the artist writes. “When I started tinkering with technology, I saw what I could do and thought about what would make me the happiest. I wanted to see some of the people I missed again in front of me and that’s how this project emerged.”

The question behind this project is “how would people look photo-realistically if some tragic events had not happened to them?” Alper asked himself the question and tried imagining people what those people who died young would look like today. He explains that the hardest part of the creative process was making the image feel “real.” “The moment I like the most is when I think the image in front of me looks very realistic as if it was taken by a photographer,” he explains.

Michael Jackson

To create his AI-portraits, Alper uses various software programs. The time it takes him to create an image varies, but it always takes “a while” before it feels realistic enough to be called finished. He has imagined rock and pop stars, but in his project you’ll also see images of an old Princess Diana, Bruce Lee, or Heath Ledger. They may not be musicians, but they are icons in their own regard.

Take a look at more photos below, and make sure to follow Alper on Twitter and Instagram for more of his work.

Kurt Cobain
John Lennon
Jimi Hendrix
Janis Joplin
Freddie Mercury
Elvis Presley
2pac
Bruce Lee
Heath Ledger

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Dunja Djudjic

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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3 responses to “AI portraits show what late rockstars would look like if they were still alive today”

  1. FairlyReasoner Avatar
    FairlyReasoner

    I think reality would be harsher.

    1. Alecio P Avatar
      Alecio P

      I so agree with that, specially when we think about Elvis, Janis Joplin and Freddie Mercury

  2. Lis T Avatar
    Lis T

    He should have worked with a photo of Michael Jackson that was taken closer to his death. I don’t think MJ would have reversed all his surgery as he got older- proberbly getting more. The others I believe in, even the kind ones ;-)