Scarily good AI photo recreations will make you do a double-take

Photographers by Antti Karppinen alongside his AI recreations using MidJourney
(Image credit: Antti Karppinen)

AI art generators are the biggest controversy to hit the creative industries in some time. Many creatives are worried about their rights over their work after text-to-image AI models were trained using millions of images scraped online, and others are worried about whether AI could even replace jobs in the creative sectors.

But one photographer has decided to put AI to the test, to see how it would do recreating his work. The results are scarily good, but if you're still not sure which of the images above is the original, just take a closer look at the hands (for more about how the process works, see our piece on how to use DALL-E 2).

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.