If you’ve ever wondered what Vincent Van Gogh would look like in person rather than a bunch of impressionist-style swirling strokes of a paintbrush, look no further.
Architect turned photographer Tadao Cern, of Vilnius, Lithuania, used his friend as a model to re-create the famous painter’s self-portrait as a modern-day photograph.
“The idea came spontaneously,” Cern, 29, told ABCNews.com. “I saw my friend that has ginger hair and beard and thought that it would be very funny to make a portrait of Vincent Van Gogh.”
Cern’s friend liked the idea, agreed to be his muse for the shoot and met one week later in the studio to get the project rolling.
“After some proportion we made a few shots and after a day of making the final image, I posted it on the Internet. Before the photo shoot I knew what painting I [was] going to mimic, so I asked a stylist to find the right clothes and other stuff,” Cern explained.
A lot of people are confused by the photograph because of its uncanny similarities to Van Gogh’s original painting.
“Some of them keep asking me if there’s really a guy that looks so like Van Gogh,” said Cern. “Some of them don’t believe that it’s a photo at all. And some of them thought that I really took a picture of Vincent Van Gogh.
“People ask me if I’m going to recreate other paintings, but at the moment I have no plans to make something similar but who knows. I think that only this one image stands quite good as a project already.”