26 January 2008

Will you recognise someone 30 to 40 years on?

Have you ever had the experience of meeting someone you haven't seen for decades? Their first words "you haven't changed a bit". My mental reaction: "I hope I didn't look like this 30 years ago!"

So how does that work?
In Giles Blunt's THE DELICATE STORM, a forensic artist is a guru on "age progression". She says "the truth is, the proportions of your face don't change. That's why - say you haven't seen someone for say thirty, forty years - the moment you get up close and they begin to speak, you're looking in their eyes, you know it's them."

She went on to touch up an old photo and the result looked uncannily like someone Cardinal and Delorme had put on their suspects list.

What do you think of that?

1 comment:

Petrona said...

Slightly, but not entirely, irrelevant is the way in which when characters age in films and TV, they never seem to get any "thicker", whereas in real life, most people seem to add on the pounds with age. I was particularly incensed by the beautiful Gena McKee retained her totally lovely slimness as she aged gracefully throughout the series.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Friends_in_the_North

I have just finally finished watching the Life on Mars series. In the last episode, the main character meets his mother in the present day, whom he has also met in the past (30 years ago). You certainly could not tell that the two women are intended to be the same (played by different actresses? I think so.)

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