Evaluating Ghostly Images in Photographs

Ghostly Face

Ghostly Face taken by Nannette Richford

Last night while browsing one of my favorite forums, a user posted a photograph asking for opinions. The photo appeared to have the image of a young boy in it, even though there was no boy in the room at the time the photo was taken.

Interestingly the owner of the picture did not disclose what the viewer should be looking for, but rather asked what we saw. Discussion ensued with several people seeing faces, reptilian eyes and other unusual images. None, however, saw the image of the boy until the owner explained what he saw.

This started me thinking about the whole concept of people seeing what they expect to see and how matrixing effects what our brain perceives as real. The image of the “ghostly face” at the top of this post illustrates matrixing.

The image in the photo looks like the face of man. I see eyes, a nose, brow bones, cheeks and even nostrils. Some might even go so far as to say it looks a bit like Einstein–and I’d agree.

In reality, it is a photo of water boiling in a pot. The features we perceive are all made up of parts of boiling water. According to the experts, the image is a result of matrixing.

Because the human brain searches to identify recognizable forms to make sense of the world, we see a face. Is there some mysterious ghost in my pan? Not likely.

Now visualize all the great photos of real ghosts you have seen. How many of them were simply the mind searching for recognizable shapes?

I’m not suggesting that all images of ghosts and spirits caught on film are tricks of the eye or that paranormal images do not appear on film. But I do recognize that we need to be careful when we interpret the images we see, or the evidence we think have captured.

There are, of course, other things to consider when evaluating paranormal photography. I have gathered the most common explanations for what appears to be paranormal evidence in photographs. You can read more in my articles by visiting the link below. If you have a moment, drop me a line and let me know what you think.

Catching evidence of the paranormal on film can be exciting, but before you present your photograph claiming to have captured a real ghost, take the time to evaluate the photo to rule out these common causes.
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