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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Somerton Man: Photo Realistic Image Progress

A little while ago I embarked on a project to create a photorealistic image of the Somerton Man based upon all known images that existed of him. This included the standard full face, profile and images of the plaster bust plus another image that was taken immediately before he was to be buried and after he had been embalmed.

The image above represents the progress made to date, there are still a few tweaks needed, the colour of the hair is actually quite challenging and it needs to be a little darker as per the Police description. A little more skin tone and we will be there.

Thanks to Professor Derek Abbot and others for their input in the process, please note the mole.

Any comments would be very welcome.


  1. That's a hard face GC ..

    1. Certainly has that look, one of the issues in creating this was the eyes, as you would know an unpleasant part of the autopsy process, not that there's any particularly pleasant aspects, is the removal of the eyes. As a result we have no idea of the 'set' of his eyes prior to the autopsy just empty spaces filled with cotton wool or similar. The eyes could be softened and it would change the whole appearance.

  2. What about a beard and moustache?

    It might well be that nobody recognized him at the time because they were used to seeing him with facial hair. Just sayin'... :-)

    1. Aha! The renowned red bearded spy! Just the thing to avoid standing out in a crowd :) I do wonder about the clean shaven image of him that was published originally, given his supposed movements he would have been without a shave for 18 hours or more before his departure yet no 5 o'clock shadow or stubble..

    2. You're right, our clean-shaven dead man is problematic for the timeline. I shall have to think about this...

  3. Wow! That's a great image! Nice work!