This is NOT a photo: Will incredibly lifelike ink-dot drawing solve riddle of identity of man found naked and with no memory outside Burger King
Miguel Endara created image of Benjaman Kyle, found in 2004 in GeorgiaSuffered from retrograde amnesia and had no ID or memory of who he was
Doctors named him after B.K. initials of Burger King – where he was foundDrawings took Endara 138 hours with about four dots applied per second
18:26 GMT, 17 December 2012
If you’re already impressed by this extraordinarily-lifelike portrait of a man created with more than two million ink dots, then just wait until you hear the story behind it.
Miguel Endara created the image of Benjaman Kyle, who was found unconscious, bloody and naked behind a Burger King dustbin in 2004 in Georgia – with no identification or memory of who he was.
The artist wanted to help Mr Kyle, 64, who suffered from retrograde amnesia – which is forgetting the past before a major event. He got his name from doctors after the fast food chain’s letters ‘B.K.’.
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Lifelike: An astonishing portrait of Benjaman Kyle created by artist Miguel Endara with 2.1million ink dots
Helping: Miguel Endara (left) poses with retrograde amnesia sufferer Benjaman Kyle (right) and his portrait
Drawing: The artist wanted to help Benjaman Kyle, 64, who was found behind a Burger King dustbin in 2004 in Georgia unconscious, bloody and naked – with no identification or memory of who he was
Mr Kyle – the only US citizen listed
as missing despite his whereabouts being known – cannot obtain a new
social security number, be taken in by any homeless shelters or even
take out a library book.
identity has baffled the police and FBI, who cannot find his
fingerprints in databases or his face in missing person files. Director
John Wikstrom even made a film about him called 'Finding Benjaman'.
this he was given a special Florida state identification card, a job at
a restaurant and permission to stay in someon’s air-conditioned shed.
It was a big improvement from his last bedroom – in a field.
despite the attempts of friends he has made along the way while trying
to find out his story – even appearing on US TV show Dr Phil – Mr Kyle
still has no idea about his history and family tree.
Who is he Mr Kyle – the only US citizen listed as missing despite his whereabouts being known – cannot obtain a new social security number, be taken in by any homeless shelters or even take out a library book
Moustached man: His identity has baffled the police and FBI, who cannot find his fingerprints in databases or his face in missing person files. Director John Wikstrom made a short film about him called 'Finding Benjaman'
In detail: It took 138 hours with each dot applied one by one at an average of around four dots per second
‘Basically, I don't exist,’ he told ABC earlier this month. ‘I'm a walking, talking person who is invisible to all the bureaucracy. I don't have any plans for the future. Sometimes I wish I just hadn't woken up.
'You'll find a lot of people who say it's all bogus, that I'm faking it for whatever reason – but one thing's for sure – I'm not getting rich out of it. I'm 64. I'm trying to get on with my life as best as I can.’
One of the only leads he has is two people who believe they met him while working at a Waffle House in Georgia. But despite plenty of offers of help from people, he still knows no more about himself.
Now Mr Endara, who is known for his realistic dot drawings, has decided that through selling prints of the ink dot work for 56 ($90) each, he will help Mr Kyle by giving him half of the proceeds.
The drawing took 138 hours with each dot applied one by one at an average of four dots per second.
.VIDEO. Watch how the artist creates is amazing pictures…
The Making of “Hero” from Miguel Endara on Vimeo.