Before you read further, an apology, there are some fairly macabre images in this post and you really should be aware that images of dead people are contained within it.
In earlier posts, we looked at the issue of the original images of SM released in the week he was found on Somerton Beach. It was said then that the initial images had been altered. This has since been proven to be correct, there is a difference of opinion as to the degree of the alteration.
The images shown here add more weight to the argument that the man shown in the initial images is likely not the man of whom the bust was made.
There are three sets of comparison images to the right.The top images are the initial profile and full face view.
Next we have the images taken just before the cast was made. The full face image has some questions about it. In the earlier post on this topic the difference between the pre bust profile image and the initial SM profile image was examined in some detail.
Finally we have still images from the 3D laser scan taken by Adelaide University some two years ago. This was the bust that caused Jestyn to almost pass out, as you can see these last two images bear little if any resemblance to the the initial SM images.
There will be those who will say that the differences could be attributed to the deterioration of the body which had been preserved. I don't believe that to be true and am inclined to believe that the full face image in the Pre Bust set has more than likely been altered. If you compare the pre bust full face image with the 3D scan full face on the left you will understand the reason why I think this way.
Here's the comparison of the SM initial full face view with the 3D scan version. There does appear to be noticeable differences, discounting the ears which Lawson had said caused him a great deal of difficulty.
The metrics seem all wrong and that is something that needs to be researched and measured carefully. At first and second glance, there are quite different facial features. The lower image shows a much more rounded face whilst the upper image seems longer in the face and quite a bit narrower.
Could you put this down to some form of bloating and/or the casting process? Reasonable questions and your views are seriously invited.
Comparing the pre bust profile image with the 3D scan profile, they look to be correct and not a great deal of difference between them that couldn't be explained by the pressure applied during the cast process.
The image below shows a death mask being made in the early 1900's.
The last comparison images here raise more questions than answers. The comparison between the SM initial profile and the 3D scan profile which supposedly is the same person.
In this first comparison the two profiles look distinctly different.
Of note is the absence of the bump along the forehead in the 3D scan, it can be seen in the SM initial profile image.
The next step was to try and overlay the 3D scan onto the SM initial profile, I used the head height and forehead shape and height/width and the bridge of the nose to align both images, below you can see the result:
I try in every Post, to walk people through the process and to provide them the images and techniques so that they can try the process themselves. This is no exception. I have provided all the images I used and have others if you need them. Your feedback and thoughts are invited and would be appreciated.