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Does Photographic Memory Exist? If conceptually-visually further developed… Yes


Arguing the question whether or not such a thing exists….


It has been argued in the past, that memory is a contributing factor hence the ongoing phrase used most frequently, when people are referring something being drawn, for short they would say, “Drawing”, with or without visual,  already given implication they are drawing, what something looks like from perception, derived, inspired referred and recalled from their memory. I came to the conclusion, drawing is not just an experience, is a literal drawn conclusion, a tool utilized in terms of shown, of execution of memory, a study sketch, to be able to identify-draw something exact, is more of a skill acquired from experience, derived from memory itself. 

To elaborate more on the subject of drawing from memory, personally, drawing the concept helps me remember a lot more than I normally would from recall, at the top of my head, because there is so much more covered, gone back in a sense of change, deviation of shape of face, even color, as a result, a span of time. Personally, I do know from my Design teacher telling me, if drawing the same thing 7x, will be committed to memory, while I have found, figuring out, drawing shape of face of person is drawn 3x, is committed to memory in more depth, much faster, accurate. In addition, I even looked to see if drawing helps reinforce and improve memory and it does. More about that case studies here and here

But, more on the subject of photographic memory… Most of the time, when you are drawing something, it depends on one’s memory… Also, people still refer to drawing as drawing the best as they can from memory, using the photo as aid, or drawing from memory without the visual. Basically, drawing involves, goes back to the concept of memory, drawing something from memory.Referring to photographic memory, I don’t have perfect Eidtic or Photographic memory being more developed of every aspect, subject matter being numbers, names etc; Basically, people have a certain amount of memory visually.But, if continued further in other aspects, such as numbers or names, just as people-yes, it is possible, if further developed. Yes, I do think a Photographic memory exists, but it takes time to develop, the more something is looked at with  the mind taking the image, the more in depth stored for later, processed and developed, built on, even if just in terms of faces, as shown below…




On the subject of Photographic memory in general, according to this article…it is debatable, questionable whether such a thing exists. According to… they claim people have photographic memory, they just don’t have the film. But, I discussed with them (for more click here)... Basically, they don’t have the desire, the attitude to retrieve the film, to want to remember something, is remembered by choice from certain experience like my mother with her favorite cookies as a child, like with me drawing faces exact and as a result, as I concluded with my Psych professor, “Use it or lose it”.I expanded this on post even further discussion here… (discussion on site, in more depth here)…


Basically, in terms of remembering faces, or photographic memory, most of us have an automatic timer that goes off without setting it, taking a visual snapshot, with a flicker of light and later that flicker of light goes of in a light bulb, activating the process of developing what the person is an image of and if further developed, the more of an executed concept, of a better result, and can be demonstrated. In a nutshell I do think it exists, if carried on in more depth and utilized on a daily basis, if further developed and shown. which is what I do. I found just by surfing or reading, watching media or from a face drawn before, looking at the similarity of shape on a scale of close-vastly different/somewhat similar, and even combined similarities (combinations), see a similar person 1-10. So far in less than a week not spotting combinations, I have seen 50 similar people alone. Normally I spot 10 almost every day, if not preoccupied with other matters, if so 3-5, being vast-somewhat. It is because I have trained my brain to draw people, spotting differentiating, comparing similar ones, training my visual memory in further development more and more, I had began to develop a visual image and have even demonstrated it multiple times, similar to the original other, in a more gradual transition, timeline. Or, whether in drawings or real photos shown below…



More about this specific example above, shown previously, done of Michelle Pfeiffer-Amanda Seyfried. What’s most interesting to me is that the face shape morphs from most round and wide least round and long of heart shape of the people shown above is that another gradual change takes place here being the eye color. The eye color morphs from bluish gray-dark green/blue-light blue gray, back to blue gray. Personally, I wonder if that is having to do with noticing color as well, that the people in order, from gradual change of shape, the color takes place, comes into play to and morphs, makes a gradual change as well? Or, has my memory been extended further back in time, not just detecting shape of gradual change, but noting more detail, detecting change of color as well? Either way, this is a shown example of gradual change overtime, shown from the past-present, remembered, retrieved in a flash, of memory, this being just one filmstrip shown here of Michelle-Amanda. This filmstrip shown was developed by looking at this person thinking, they look at glance, first, most like this person and next, also, somewhat, least like this person in comparison, not as much as the first, second most, and did the same for the next, so on and so forth, developing a sense of gradual change in order, expanded over time, shown on this particular visual, a development of photographic memory.

You can click on each name, for the original link, of more in depth comparison if interested. Just a few examples… The rest are on List of Analagous Structures and Similar Structures…


The most viewed last year of first lookalikes made of Josh Hutcherson and Nathan Gamble from Dolphin Tale.-This is exactly what the mind does, associates similar people, making it even more confusing, mistaking one for another, which can be avoided if looked at shape, then drawn individually according to.

Here are some more examples below…



Tom Cruise & Sean Faris- Not only I figured they are similar, but how they differentiate and how they correlate, what their shape is- the concept of lookalikes in more depth… Personally, I can tell which person is Tom Cruise right away. Not because of the famous profile pic from the poster Jerry MacGuire, next to the not as high-quality visual, screencap of someone else, but because I can see, just at a glance Tom’s face is longer, rounder, almost more egg shaped, in more of a depth of quality, while Sean on the right’s face (shape) is much wider, almost more square shaped, than Tom’s. But, a person at a glance might be fooled and be stumped thinking the usual concept of lookalikes-who is who?…

Here is a brief comparison I figured for the lookalikes I made myself below…


Harrison Ford and his younger double-Okay, you might be able to tell with Harrison being much older. But, looking at the face alone, ignoring the silver gray strands of hair, Harrison’s Ford’s face shape is longer, and the lookalikes’ is wider, almost more square like Liam Neeson. Can you guess who is who from that? Makes easier to spot lookalikes doesn’t it?


Another one: Bebe Neiuworth is the one on the right and the younger version of her, from Trading Places with a slightly longer, rounder shape, almost wider and more square like Demi Moore’s, unlike BeBe on the right, as close as they are, they are different as well. Now, you can tell them apart can’t you?…

Spotting contrasts more and more then, I started noticing more unknowns, even most vague of similarity on a scale of most-least similar/somewhat similar according to similarity in shape…


Even 2nd closest, somewhat alike-somewhat different in shape. If you look at the real Kat Dennings, you will see they are more different than they appear, even a like at first.

Then being more able to differentiate-disassociate two similar people, identify by shape, I was able to group people based on similar in shape in order, in addition darkest-lightest or vice versa of coloring of eyes, eyebrows, skintone, haircolor etc; for example…



Steve Guttenburg-costart George Martin in Police Academy… Look how close they are, its not just the expression and I found someone similar to both…


Since the two are very alike in shape to begin with, so close it starts to morph altogether. Creating these slight change in shapes or morphs, I noticed the slightest differences in shape of people and the slightest likeness of people in shape which most people don’t. Here are some more examples…

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Julia Roberts-Kyra Sedjwick: both played daughters of Robert DuVall and Diane Wiest in Something to Talk About, not really worth talking about in my opinion, just one good scene. Anyway, notice how they start to morph from more elongated to oval shape?…



Another, even filling the in the generation gap: not just the simialrities spotted of, but another youngest-oldest, slightest exaggeration of shape. Notice how when Cameron gets older, she appears even more like Ellen Barkin, with an oval shape, appearing flattter and longer, not as full, wide and round when she was younger? There is even someone between the two. You could say these are Cameron Diaz-Ellen Barkin lookalikes. One person would say, “They look like Cameron Diaz or Ellen Barkin”., but not both in this case.

In a nutshell, noticing similarities in character, in drawing of them, media I started to notice similarities in character, even computer generated, animated models…


It’s not just  the similar make up and expression. Look at the face shape: Helena Bonham Carter’s (left)  is wider, but with the extension of hairline, forehead gives the illusion of extension of shape, making it appear more rounder and longer, more oval rather than wider and more square. Having this ore oval shape, it appears closest to this Elisha Cuthbert’s face shape (right). They are both very close in character altogether, not just in similar facial expression, makeup, but having the similar appearing oval shape, actual oval shape of Elisha’s. Sometimes, a person can appear even more like someone else with the illusion their shape is more exaggerated, closer changed to that shape, rather than their own original and that is exactly the style of animations: more exaggerated, closer changed to that shape, rather than their own original

For example, noticing more distant similarities, closer ones and similarity in character, of animations, more close to someone else than the original…


Before it was discussed, I saw a picture of Josh Hutcherson at the Polar Express premiere and read he starred in the movie. So, I knew he played the main character. I could see it and noticed his shape was more square, but then noticed the caricature’s shape was more like someone with a longer rounder shape and later identified it closest to this person with the same egg appearing shape…


Singer Billy Graham, I see the slightest bit of Josh Hutcherson, but more similar to other people ,slightly similar in shape, but still a noticable change, difference in shape of character, of face of original, of individual being Josh. You can see how the shape goes from almost egg, longest and roundest appearing-to widest and squarest. This computer model of Josh, is not 100% him, more like Billy closer in shape, but slightly like Josh. It also can be utilized as a representation to show someone in between the two, with similarity of both’ shapes, one closer to, then somewhat similar to the other. It can be used as a placeholder until I find someone with that exact representation and so far the closest is Billy.

Another example, I noticed my dad looks somewhat like Jude Law, especially when younger. I noticed he is noticably different, but similar in shape. Being more noticably different, somewhat similar, like his caricature in Rise of the Guardians, I noticed he looked even more like him. Then later on, I actually found someone with a more semi-long heart shape, not as egg shaped as my dad’s. He looked like my dad and first and then somewhat Jude Law, more like the caricature. From then on, I have noticed more similarities gradually somewhat very alike-different, whether animated, youngest to oldest vice versa, of coloring, of unknowns, combined (combinations), whatever you can think of because drawing people similar, breaking the association, differentiating, training myself to spot similarities and differences in shape, I can group people together based on similarity, of more than two people.



It gets a little more in depth, more and more similarities side-side. For me this is simple, not enough of a morph but you can see similarities.




Just noticing similarity in Michelle and Amanda, I put this concept in further development in depth, of a visual (even more so, vertical, as shown above)…The average eye would notice, yeah they all look young and are blonde. But, If you really look, its not just because of that look again. They all have a similar wide-regular oval-heart shape, somewhat round, similar from Michelle Pfeiffer (far left) to Amanda Seyfried (far right)…


Here is a better morph, of people noticably different, somewhat simlar in shape, morphing left-right…

In depth, I mean on a scale of more closeness. This can be found on the Rachel Weisz lookalikes page explaining how they all correlate. But, notice in the smallest measure, they all look somewhat like ach other, start to morph in shape, and even their eye color changes too.


So in terms of Photographic memory throughout the whole process, if utlizid further developed, can produce a more in depth result, increasing one’s photographic memory as I have mine at first like this… Noticing least amount of detail, the most apparent similarities of shape




to more on depth, people somewhat similar, more than 2 people

and also of animated models, characters,


and even combined similarites/combinations too.


So, in conclusion to that controversy of questioning whether or not such a thing exists…. But, if continued further in other aspects, such as numbers or people’s names, or even people’s faces in my case, it is possible, if further developed. Yes, I do think a Photographic memory exists, but it takes time to develop, the more something is looked at with the mind taking the image, the more in depth stored for later, processed and developed, built on, even if just in terms of faces, as shown below…


As you can see in both cases discussing and viewing this the results shown are usually well, a negative-lol!

So, that about wraps it up. Let me know what you think, enjoy the visual and thanks for visiting!


About keh1016

I am going to Greenville Tech, majoring in Design, have thought and studied technical, analytical, full-proof methods/techniques for 20 years on the subject and consider every angle before publishing my posts. Then, utilize them in a fun, personal way using engaging activities critical thinking, up close and personal level on the subject-even using my own pictures for a comparison, on the subject of faces. Face it-when it comes to drawing the people, study compare and draw or utilize in a different way. Hey, use it or lose it right? Also, you can contact me via comment or the tumblr page available on the bottom menu. Thanks for visiting.

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