‘As if nothing happened’ AI project shows what celebrities would’ve looked like if they were still alive

The ‘As if nothing happened’ project by photographer Alper Yesiltas showed what a selection of celebrities would have realistically looked like if they still lived today.

A photo from the project of the unforgettable icon Michael Jackson showed what he would have looked like if he never underwent plastic surgery and still lived today. 

The picture went viral on social media which caused fans to start a talk about the tragic life that the star had behind all the fame and endless bling. 

Michael Jackson reportedly had many procedures done to change what he looked like, mainly to get over his vitiligo. 

Yet a selection of fans is explaining that ´skin bleaching’, is the only procedure he had done. They deny that he ever went under a knife.

Some fans are even complaining that Yestilats’ project does not embody Michael Jackson in a truthful way for not ‘ acknowledging’ Michael’s vitiligo. 

Others called the image ‘provoking and extremely interesting for many reasons like starting a large talk on racial tension caused by Michael’s skin bleaching in the late 90s and early 00s.

« With the development of AI technology, I’ve been excited for a while, thinking that “anything imaginable can be shown in reality”, » said the photographer and explained that the thought of creating the AI images for this project made him the happiest.

He started this project with the hope of recreating images of people he missed seeing which resulted in images that went viral.

Alongside Michael Jackson, he created images of Heath Ledger, Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley, and more.

The creator of the project, Alper Yesiltas, is a lawyer and photographer living in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been imagining scenes and capturing memories for about 19 years now. His work has been featured in international books and magazines.

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