In some areas of Stoke on Trent, problems with alcohol among children are becoming such a big problem, that the council decided to work with schools and children directly to combat the problem. The children were directly responsible for commissioning a short film about drinking and some software to show how they would look older, with the effects of alcohol. The project was a great success and should pave the way for similar pro-activity throughout all schools in Great Britain, especially those areas worse effected by alcohol abuse.

Together with the digital company Rancon, we created this unique ageing software to age the children a few years before adding a slider effect with worsening effects of alcohol. The children had a direct impact on the way the software looked and worked. For a start, it had to be very easy to use, at one click the children can upload a photo of themselves, they then place markers for their eyes, mouth and chin, then click to age. Once the aged image appears, they can use the slider to increase effects of alcohol, including red bloated cheeks, bloodshot eyes, weight gain and blemished skin. At any time, the children can click to return to their original image.

As the image changes, the tension builds, culminating in the final ‘worst case scenario’ of the child as an alcoholic. The results speak for themselves as the children gasp and claim never to want to touch a drop of alcohol in their lives – the images are shocking but realistic unlike many other software programmes on the market.

We are so excited to have worked on such an important project and hope that other schools and organisations may benefit from the alcohol ageing software too. We are now working on the smoking version.

For more information please contact Auriole Prince on 0845 539 3399 or 07958 635 905.

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Imagine…John Lennon at 70

October 11, 2010

The hair has receded slightly but the trademark glasses and beaky nose are unmistakably John Lennon.

An age progression artist Auriole Prince from Changemyface has marked the 70th anniversary of the former Beatle’s birth tomorrow by producing an image of what he would have looked like had he reached the milestone.

And despite nearly 30 years passing since Lennon was gunned down by Mark Chapman in New York, the old revolutionary is still causing trouble.

Rock legend: pictured in New York in 1972. The artist's view of how he would look today
Rock legend: pictured in New York in 1972. The artist Auriole Prince’s view of how he would look today

The FBI this week seized a set of Lennon’s fingerprints on a 1976
residency application. Auction website gottahaverockandroll.com was asking for £63,000 for the prints, but the FBI said they were on a government document that ‘shouldn’t have got into the stream of commerce’.

Peter Siegel, who owns the site, said the card was being sold on behalf of a private collector.

But the FBI – who had Lennon under surveillance in the early ’70s because of his anti-war activism – are reportedly trying to determine ‘how that item came to be up for auction’.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office both made phonecalls to the auctioneer to ask how a government document came to be in public ownership, and then arrived to seize the item.

Signed, sealed, undelivered: John Lennon's application for permanent U.S. citizenship had been expected to sell for upwards of $100,000 Signed, sealed, undelivered: John Lennon’s application for permanent U.S. citizenship had been expected to sell for upwards of $100,000

A spokesperson for the auction house said, ‘The item has been under investigation by the FBI because it is considered government property.’

Mr Siegal said: ‘I’ve been doing this 20 years and have never had this much government interest in something.

‘Here he is, one of our greatest musicians ever, and they just don’t stop investigating this guy.’

The card, which is stored in a protective plastic bag, contains all ten of Lennon’s fingerprints and bears the signature John Winston Ono Lennon in the upper left corner in blue ballpoint pen.

It was made at a Manhattan police station and stamped four times on its progress through the 1976 application process on June 2, June 6, July 8 and August 25.

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Changemyface worked with the ECB and SK:N clinics to show the dangers of too much sun – I think this works really well…here’s the coverage in today’s Telegraph…

Graeme Swann: One test I can’t afford to miss

England cricketer Graeme Swann discovered a suspiscous mole as he underwent tests to highlight a new campaign to raise awareness of skin cancer.

By Victoria Lambert
Published: 7:00AM BST 07 Jun 2010

Cricketers Matt Prior, Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann illustrate   the dangers of sun damage

Cricketers Matt Prior, Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann illustrate the dangers of sun damage

England cricketer Graeme Swann doesn’t think about sunscreen much. He’s not interested in sunbathing, and admits to just slapping cream on without consulting the bottle: “I don’t really know which brand or factor – it tends to be whatever is handy,” he says.

Were it not for the day job, he might avoid the sun. But Swann, 31, is ECB Cricketer of the Year and already a hero to fans: he is the first English off-spinner since Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in a match, when England beat their hosts Bangladesh in the first Test of the series.

Swann cannot dismiss the need for protection: cricketers, with their long hours in the field, are at particular risk of skin cancer. A study has found that one in seven county players had to be referred to specialists after the discovery of potential melanomas during check-ups. Now the Professional Cricketer’s Association has organised screening for all its members at private clinics nationwide run by the dermatology specialists sk:n. Of those screened so far, 15 per cent have been told they need further checks.

The consequences of ignoring the problem were confirmed recently when Mark Jasper, 41, the Australian-born cricketer who plays in Devon, revealed that he was terminally ill after being diagnosed with skin cancer. This was contracted, he believes, after he failed to apply sunscreen during a match in New Zealand in 2001 and was badly burnt.

The rate of skin cancer in men is on the rise. Last week, figures from Cancer Research UK showed that the number of men dying from malignant melanoma had almost trebled over the past three decades. In the late Seventies, fewer than 400 men died from melanoma; now it is more than 1,100.

Skin cancer is the second most common form of the disease in young adults, with nearly 200 cases reported in Britain daily. Yet it is preventable if people avoid sunburn and deal with “worrying” moles early, the charity says.

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Speaking of proportions, I thought this was quite topical…..…these images were produced by VisionMetric who develop the EFit software for police to illustrate how the same face can be manipulated to look both untrustworthy and trustworthy. Although the actual features have been manipulated, it does prove the point that when you mess around with that triangle of proportions, you can end up with a very different looking person. In saying that, some proportions do change with the ageing process, for example a man’s receding hairline can result in a larger looking forehead, and the loss of dentition as you get older can result in a smaller jaw.

Child Age Progression involves much structural change – it takes into consideration the underlying bone growth and the dentition changes which take place at around 6 -7 years old – these changes continue until at least 18 years of age.

Image produced by Karen T.Taylor, author of Forensic Art

You can see from this image drawn by Karen Taylor,  that the baby’s cranium is very large compared to the lower part of its skull. As a child develops the growth of the cranium then levels off and the lower part of the face, the nose, cheeks and jaw continue growing outwards and downwards.

Here are two well known faces who’ve been in the gossip columns recently, you can see how the area below their eyes has grown in comparison to the eyes and above. There has been some research to show that beautiful people have proportions closer to those of a child i.e. larger foreheads, small noses and chins, big eyes.

I spoke before about a unique look, usually you find that there is a consistency of appearance throughout life – like when you meet old friends at school reunions – it’s amazing how people just don’t change – it’s more true for some than others but there are always the extreme exceptions.

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Auriole Prince BA MAA RMIP

Last week I was honoured to be asked to talk to the Medical Artists’ Association www.maa.org.uk at the Royal College of Surgeons. Here is a summary part 1. of the Art of Age Progression….

I found this definition of ageing on wikipedia……Ageing is the accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time. Aging in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of aging grow and expand over time, while others decline.

I studied illustration and photography at Maidstone Art college and after a few years, joined the Missing People Charity where I learnt all the different skills to become a forensic artist. This included training at the FBI Academy in Quantico in 2D and 3D facial reconstruction  – witness interviewing and E-Fit training at Durham with the British Police, Age Progression training at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Washington. And last but not least – the Medical Art Post graduate course.

Here are some of the images I produced – I tried to incorporate the forensic art into my Medical Art course as this was my line of work at the time. From 1997 to 2004 I worked for the Missing People Charity – I started as a volunteer then moved into case work, looking after the families of those who had gone missing. I then moved into the Identification department and started to learn forensic art, which included child age progression for long term missing children, facial reconstruction from skeletal remains, sanitizing photos of people found dead and updating photos of missing adults, i.e. changing hairstyles etc I also helped police to match missing persons reports with those found unidentified, dead or alive.

Age progressions are normally done for three reasons……

Firstly and most importantly, they are used when someone has been missing for two or more years and there has been sufficient time for appearances to change. The age progression image normally renews publicity and media interest in a case, therefore the case stays pro-active, supporting families and hopefully finding the person safe.

Secondly, age progressions are produced by or for police to try to capture criminals.

Thirdly, age progressions are often used in the media to illustrate to people the damaging effects of for example, smoking, drinking and sunbathing as a kind of a shock tactic.

Missing Person April Fabb

This is the case of missing person April Fabb – she was 13 when she disappeared on her bicycle in Norfolk, never to be seen again. She would now be in her mid 50’s.

Here I started off with a reference photograph in colour of a lady in her 50’s. I then used that as my main reference photo. I had pictures of her parents in their 50’s and used those as reference, Each age progression is different, and sometimes I’ll merge the missing photo with that of a family member. It just depends on what I have to work with.

Effectively, you are piecing together a puzzle using reference pictures of family members – here lie the clues as to how someone is going to look when they are older. Ultimately, I’m always hopeful that I’ll maintain the proportions and ‘unique look’ of that person.

Part 2 continues later…..

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How Leslie may have looked without the trout pout….I think she would have aged very beautifully. This is Leslie as she is now and below, my age progression image showing how she may have looked without any cosmetic intervention….however, we need to take into account her illness and stress – all these contribute to the ageing process. This was commissioned by Closer magazine. You can see how you would look with enhanced lips at www.changemyface.com

Leslie Ash shopping Kings Rd

700403sw

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A new TV series investigating the issue of missing children featuring families of those has been shown on Sky Real Lives and is also repeated on Sky One. Changemyface helped with their investigations to produce age progressions of how the children would look now, some of them as adults.
Ben Needham aged comparison

Ben Needham who has been missing since July 24th 1991 on the Greek Island of Kos.

april fabb comparison

April Fabb who has been missing since 8th April 1969 in Norfolk

Lorraine Kelly meets the families and friends of those who have gone missing and uses dramatic reconstructions to retrace their last known steps. She also talks to the police, psychologists and charities who are trying to find out why and where these children have gone. The series looks beyond the shocking statistics, revealing the human stories behind some of these cases. Mixing interviews with filmed reconstructions viewers will find out more about the children themselves, meet the parents who are still searching for them and examine the circumstances behind their disappearance. The child may be a suspected teenage runaway,
a younger boy or girl feared abducted, or a minor who has just
disappeared without a trace.

In the UK it is estimated that there are over 100,000 instances of children going missing every year – one every five minutes. Some of those children missing have disappeared on more than one occasion and thankfully the majority are found within 48 hours. There are those that have been missing for months or years and their families are desparate to know what has happened to them. Children account for around two thirds of those reported missing.

The series looks at missing children of all ages and their stories. Many of the cases were high profile and the programmes look deeper into the headlines to highlight what happens when a child goes missing. The shows also features reconstructions of the events leading up to the disappearance and information from witnesses about what they saw.

The series is shown on Sky Real Lives (channel 278 or in HD on channel 243) on Wednesdays between 12th Augusust and 10th September 2009. It is then repeated the following Sunday at 11pm. The series is also being shown on Wednesdays on Sky 1 (channel 106) at 9pm
Further information can be found in the August edition of the Sky Magazine and by visiting the Sky Real Lives website.

If you have any information about a missing child, you can contact the Missing Persons Bureau via e-mail – missingpersonsbureau@npia.pnn.police.uk.

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An image has been created of Anne Frank to show how she would look on her 80th birthday. I feel the image is not entirely up to date – she looks like an elderly woman from the 1950’s. However, to be fair, the image is sympathetically constructed…

anne frank

The ‘age progression’ image shows the diarist as she might have appeared today had she not died of typhus and starvation at the age of 15 in Bergen Belsen in March 1945, just a few weeks before the Nazi concentration camp was liberated by British troops.

Created for the Anne Frank Trust UK to mark her birthday on Friday – using the same techniques developed to artificially age missing people such as toddler Madeleine McCann – it is hoped the picture will help inspire Britain’s school children to think about the kind of lives they would like to lead, and to remember the loss of six million people in the Holocaust.

The Trust will launch a competition for children to write a letter to their 80-year-old selves, one of a number of projects being run across the world to mark the anniversary and challenge racist attitudes.

Anne’s half-sister Eva Schloss, a survivor of Auschwitz who played with her as a child in Amsterdam, saw the aged image for the first time on Thursday.

“I must say I was a bit shocked… I don’t really know why,” she said.

“It is a beautiful lady, very gentle, very kind-looking with this gentle smile.”

The aged image was produced by a Michigan firm called Phojoe which has worked with US police on dozens of missing persons cases.

The firm describes the technique as “part art, part science and a little intuition”, and bases its aged image on whatever photographs are available – which in Anne Franks’ case were of a carefree young girl.

Dr Schloss believes the loss of her mother and sister and Anne’s experiences in Auschwitz and then Bergen Belsen would have left their mark if she had lived, however.

“Personally I think she would have been more bitter and disappointed. I don’t see anything of this in the picture.”

Anne’s diary, which was first published in Dutch in 1947 and has since been translated into more than 60 different languages, details her time hiding from the Nazis with her Jewish family in Amsterdam.

Link to Telegraph article

changemyface – age progression, cosmetic surgery imaging and slimmer imaging

I found these childhood pictures of celebrites on Los Quatros Ojos – it’s amazing to see how we change over those early years…it makes a change from age progressing people into the future…..

john-lennon

John Lennon

leonardo-dicaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

michael-jackson

Michael Jackson

robert-de-niro

Robert De Niro

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maddie-before maddie-after

By Michael Seamark and Daily Mail Reporter

The hair is longer and the chubby toddler cheeks are gone. But that distinctive mark in her eye is still there – making this image unmistakeably of Madeleine McCann as she might look today, two years after she vanished.

Her parents Kate and Gerry revealed the picture to the world today in an emotional interview with U.S. chat show host Oprah Winfrey.

Two years on: Left, Madeleine McCann shortly before she disappeared. Right, a new computer-generated image issued by her parents Kate and Gerry shows what she may look like today, aged six

They believe that it is the most realistic image of how their daughter looks today.

The picture will be used on posters headed, ‘Don’t Give Up on Me’ in a fresh drive to find the missing toddler.

It was drawn up using photographs of Madeleine, computer assisted technology, and pictures of her parents around the same age. Gerry McCann’s features in particular can be seen in the image.

It was created by U.S. experts from Virginia’s National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children  –  which may account for the ‘Americanised’ hair band and frilly dress – but Madeleine’s parents are ‘happy’ with the result.

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Two years on: Kate and Gerry McCann released this computer-generated image of what Madeleine may look like today

Age progression pictures are intended to give an idea of how a person may look several years after they disappeared.

It  is not an exact science, explained Auriole Prince, a British forensic and age progression artist who has helped police in missing person inquiries and trained at the FBI academy, but ‘an educated guess.’

She said: ‘It is a cross between art and science. You are trying to create an impression of what you think that person will look like today.

‘It’s a little like piecing together a puzzle. You start with a photograph of the missing person, use reference photographs of their parents and siblings and try to create an accurate, new image.’

Every face is obviously different, said Ms Prince, ‘but everyone has a unique likeness, that triangle of features, the eyes, the nose and the mouth. How the features sit in relation to one another.

‘People get older but they don’t look completely different.’

Emotional: Kate McCann breaks down as she talks about her missing daughter Madeleine on the Oprah Winfrey show

In the case of a child of Madeleine’s age, the changes are sometimes marked. ‘ You start to lose that baby look,’ said Ms Prince. ‘ Everything will be moved on a stage –  the bone structure the nose, the jaw line.

‘The best we can hope is to create familiarity.

‘It is not going to be 100 per cent accurate but that unique likeness remains and hopefully enables people to recognise her still, make a connection.’

Madeleine disappeared on May 3, 2007 while on holiday with her parents and twin siblings, Sean and Amelie, in the Portuguese holiday resort of Praia da Luz.

Oprah aired a trailer for her interview with the McCanns on her U.S. show this afternoon, revealing the picture.

The show will be aired on Monday, May 4 – a day after the McCanns quietly mark the tragic two-year anniversary.

Kate McCann broke down during the Oprah interview as she appealed for information about her missing daughter.

‘My heart broke for them,’ the chat show host wrote in a posting on Twitter earlier this week.

Meanwhile an expert has today claimed the youngster was probably abducted after walking out of her holiday apartment in search of her parents.

Enlarge Supporting each other: Kate and Gerry unveiled a computer generated image of how Madeleine might look if still alive, set for release later today

Supporting each other: Kate and Gerry unveiled a computer generated image of how Madeleine might look if still alive. It was released today

Criminologist Mark Williams-Thomas said it was unlikely an abductor entered apartment 5a at the Ocean Club in Praia Da Luz, Portugal.

The former detective said Madeleine was probably snatched by an opportunistic paedophile as she looked for her parents as they ate with friends at a nearby tapas bar.

His comments come as Kate and Gerry McCann launch a fresh appeal ahead of the second anniversary since the three-year-old’s disappearance, two years ago this Sunday.

The couple employed a forensic imaging artist from the United States’ National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to create a photographic impression of how Madeleine would probably look today, aged five, nearly six.

The ‘age progression image’ will be unveiled on Oprah Winfrey’s U.S. chat show, mid-afternoon British time today.

The age progression will be used on posters for a fresh drive to find their daughter.

It is being shown on the Oprah Fridays Live show ahead of the U.S. broadcast of the star’s interview with the McCanns on Monday, extracts from which were released today.

Without evidence to the contrary, the McCanns, from Rothley in Leicestershire, still believe there is ‘a very real likelihood’ Madeleine is alive and well.

In the one-hour interview, which will be screened in the UK at 8pm on Diva TV on Tuesday, Winfrey asked them: ‘Do you let yourself go to the worst?’

Mrs McCann replied: ‘I think it’s natural. I know people mean well when they say don’t let yourself go there, but as a mum, inevitably there are times when I do. And they’re the times that I kind of dip down.’

The interviewer asked them about their marriage.

McCann

Meanwhile an criminologist has claimed today that the youngster was probably abducted after walking out of her holiday apartment in search of her parents

Mr McCann said: ‘Child abduction, I think, could destroy any family. There’s no doubt about it.

‘It’s one of the most devastating things. But we’ve been supported tremendously well and I think that’s helped us stay strong and stay together.

‘Obviously, we’re really united in our goal and our love of Madeleine and Sean and Amelie.’

Mrs McCann said she keeps Madeleine’s room ready for her return and said she goes in there about twice a day.

‘Do you talk to her?’ asked Oprah.

Mrs McCann replied: ‘Just [to] say hello, really. Just [to] tell her we’re still going to do everything we can to find her.’

Criminologist Mr Williams-Thomas said publicly-available evidence leads him to believe the three-year-old arranged her toys on her bed and left through the unlocked patio door of the holiday apartment.

He said the case bears striking similarities to the murder of Sarah Payne who was snatched from a West Sussex field nine years ago.

He said: ‘Is it unreasonable to presume that Madeleine woke up and then went in search of her parents at a restaurant within a holiday complex that she had grown familiar with over the course of her holiday?

‘Neatly tucking up her toys – as her parents had done to her – she slipped out of the apartment through an insecure patio door.

‘This seems all the more credible given what we know happened to eight-year-old Sarah Payne who was abducted in July 2000, even though she was only out of sight of her family for a matter of seconds.’

Mr Williams-Thomas made his comments after reviewing more than 10,000 documents amassed by Portuguese police during their investigation.

He said an abductor would not have arranged the toys on the bed as he would have wanted to escape as quickly as possible.

The expert said a paedophile may have also chosen to take one of the younger and more defenceless twins, Sean and Amelie, who were sleeping nearby.

Gerry McCann has revealed Madeleine asked her parents during the holiday why they had not come when the twins had been crying.

Mr Williams-Thomas said: ‘Based on the evidence provided from within the case files it is more likely that she was abducted after she had left the apartment. A number of factors suggest that this is the likely scenario.’

Last year, on the first anniversary, Gerry and Kate launched an appeal, urging anyone who spoke to police about the missing child to contact their own hotline.

The couple were buoyed by the news earlier this week that EU funding had been set aside for the Europe-wide alert system for missing children that they had campaigned for.

They hope for another boost in the coming days, in the form of a substantial response to their release of the image.

They then plan to spend Sunday in private. It is thought the Catholics will not visit their local chapel – although prayers will doubtless be said there for the family and their missing child.

Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for the McCanns, said: ‘It’s going to be a busy weekend. The detectives and hotline are prepared for the response to the age progression image.

‘For Sunday, Kate and Gerry are determined to keep it as private and non-public an event as possible. They may even try to spend it with relatives.’

In a message on their website, FindMadeleine.com, the McCanns said: ‘As the second anniversary of Madeleine’s abduction approaches, there is much still to be done.

‘We continue to remain focussed on our aim – to find Madeleine and bring her back home safely. As Madeleine’s parents we cannot and will not ever stop doing all we can to find her.

‘The search for Madeleine continues with the same strength and determination, and thankfully, there are many people who are continuing to help in a variety of ways.’

Courtesy of the Daily Mail www.dailymail.co.uk

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