Ghost photos have been in circulation for many years now. Google “ghost photos” and you will have pages of Web sites to choose from and thousands of photos to look at. Spirits, or ghosts, are believed to have the ability to show up in photographs. With all the tricks and advances in technology, it is very easy to create a fake photo of a spirit or ghost. A lot of “orb” photos are also a big fascination with people curious about ghosts. Most turn out to be dust orbs, insects, lights, or some other particle in the air. This applies to “vortex” photos as well. Most “vortexes” turn out to be the photographer’s hair or a camera strap in front of the lens. However there are people who believe in the existence of orbs and vortexes. I myself am not so sure.
Then there are other photos that many people agree on to be the best evidence that ghosts are in fact around us. Do I believe in ghosts? I believe in spirits. Do I believe they’re around us? Yes. There is so much we do not know about our world, space and time. I have seen things, heard things, felt things and even noticed scents around me that I cannot explain. Luckily for me, some of the times I experienced these, there was someone else there to see or hear the same thing I did.
The photos I’ve included with this article were all taken by me. The first two are photos, the one in the brick hallway, and the one in the cemetery are photos I took with a Polaroid camera. These two photos were taken in the summer of 2002 on a “ghost hunt” a group of friends and I conducted. We went to many places that night in West Virginia, which is where both of these photos were taken. The hallway photo was taken at The Lakin Industrial House for Colored Boys which is in Mason County. I didn’t catch the name of the Cemetery, but it was probably in Mason County as well. At the time both of these particular photos were take, a few of us could feel something different in the air, and I snapped the shutter in the spot I could feel it most. We were really impressed with what we got. It may, or may not be a spirit or “ghost”, but it really makes me wonder. Other photos taken that night show no fog, smoke or smudging on the lens. It was a clear night and we made a note of not smoking knowing it could interfere with any image when we took our photos. There was also no photo editing done to either of them. I still have these photos in case you’re wondering.
The rest of the photos I took today to show you how easy it is to fake a “ghost” in a photo. I just used what I had on hand and there is little photo editing. Some photos I just had to adjust the lighting with photo editing software on my computer. The first photo is of a pumpkin with a white streak in the corner. It looks kind of real. It even kind of appears to be glowing, like a vortex perhaps, but it is just a strand of toilet paper. The second photo I just stood behind a window that had something white on it. I just made sure to line up the white speck against the darkest patch of grass. The last photos has something dark across it. One person might claim it could be a “shadow person”. A shadow person, or shadow folk as some might call them, is a dark figure that is often seen in human form in the corner of one’s eye. You may see all, or part of it. It is not agreed what exactly these things are or if they are even human, or evil, but more and more people are claiming to see them. This photo however is not a shadow person, as rather it a few strands of my own hair.
One has to be really objectionable when viewing photos of something. There are so many ways to fool the eye and many of them are simple. Keep in mind though that we have not come so far as to know everything there is to know about the place in which we live. On the other hand, there are people out there just waiting to pull one on someone. Just use common sense and be aware of what can fool the mind.