Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Groans...

Give someone a ghost photograph and they'll be amused for a brief while; teach someone to take paranormal photographs and they'll discover new levels of self-induced paranoia...

Or so I've learned.

The number of "Oh my god! I took a picture of Satan in my oatmeal! Do I need an exorcism?!" photos I end up receiving can, at times, be mindboggling. Blurry, dim, and/or erroneous digital pictures can create a fount of possibilities in our minds. Of course, most of the time it really is all in your head. Hand me any picture taken anywhere and I can point out at east one "face", and probably a dozen other objects - from skateboards to dragons to tubas. Are they paranormal or paranoia? Well, hopefully neither... but often the latter.

Then there are the dozens of "orbs", usually taken in either basements or attics (coincidence?), I muddle through, trying to find the politest way to reply. Dust... oops, I mean "orbs"... happens. Old, dirty houses have dust! Even your cleanest home has particles flying around in the air. And outdoors, pollen and insects are an orb hunter's dream come true! Don't believe me? Experiment a little Shake a flower or an old pillow gently in the air and snap a photo.

So, to the many people capturing remarkable digital photos of orbs, faces, devils, witches, ectoplasm, faeries, dead celebrities, and alphabet soup flying through the air, I have one bit of advice: test out a few mundane possibilities before dialing 9-1-1. Photograph shadows, breath, dust, insects, and deer before giving yourself cardiac arrest.

6 comments:

Cullan Hudson said...

A bedroom I had when I was in high school had a door that bore the likeness of Jesus in the wood grain. Well, I mean a bearded dude with long hair. Do you think it was divine? I should have kept that door. If I knew then what kind of people would pay good money in the future on a thing called E-Bay.... That's the real horror story - missed opportunities.

Jeanne said...

Imagination is a wonderful thing...

Evan~ said...

For the record, I almost got kicked out of the computer lab here on campus for laughing so loud. LOL

Chris said...

I agree sweetie with your views, sometimes we can haunt ourselves. I know with skeptics our profession is ripped to apart but all of us should also have a sense of skepticism too to not make every noise or happenings always paranormal. I am of course a true believer and have things happen around and to me daily but I also can look at a situation by situation and use my skeptical side to reason with what is happening around me or to me or to others to keep a balance, a form of samity. Hope your doing well and many huggs to you!

Liam said...

Sad but true, many people believe in hauntings simply because they've taken a dust laden photograph.

Dragon said...

Yes, I agree. People see something they think is unusual and automatically think paranormal even if there is a logical explanation such as dust, bad exposure or the camera just so happened to act up at that exact moment.