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SPIRIT PHOTOGRAPHS: 
MISTS & STRANGE SHAPES

First of all, let me just say that we have to be careful throwing around words like "ectoplasm" when describing ghost research. Ectoplasm was actually a substance that allegedly exuded from the bodies of spirit mediums back in the days of Spiritualism, while they were under "spirit control". In most cases, the so-called "ectoplasm" was actually cheesecloth which was swallowed and then re-gurgitated by the mediums during dramatic moments of the seance. Pretty gross, huh? Now can you see why I hate to connect that word to legitimate ghost research?

I prefer to refer to photo like the ones below as "strange fogs and mists" or at the very worst, "ectoplasm-like" images. Whether or not all of these photos (the genuine ones, I mean) are actually ghosts has yet to be determined. Personally, I prefer to think of the images captured in these kinds of photos as "spirit energy".... it remains a part of the paranormal, although we have no real explanation for it yet. These types of photos can be some of the most exciting photos for a ghost hunter to capture, mostly because, unlike most "orb" photos, these images are much harder to explain.

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A strange photo taken at the Bell Witch Cave in Tennessee

But we still have to be careful... note (when looking at various photos) how many of the "strange" fogs seem to be very close to the faces of the researchers in the photo? You may want to check the weather conditions at the time of the investigation because if it was very cold that night, this could be the researcher’s breath or some other moisture around the warmth of the ghost hunter’s bodies and equipment.
You will also want to look for fogging of the camera lens. This is always noticeable by the way that everything in the photo is blurred or distorted.

Unfortunately, the best things that you can do when searching for genuine photos of this type is to take your own. In this way, you can be sure of the conditions under which the photos were taken... making sure that no natural fog was present that night; that temperatures were well above the freezing mark; that the camera lens was not fogged over; and various other factors were in place for good photographs.


One other thing to beware of... many people, when viewing photos of this type, have a tendency to look for faces, shapes and forms within the spirit energy of the photo. Don't be sucked into doing this! Remember, the energy itself is enough evidence of the paranormal... by trying to pick out shapes from the images (without some other corresponding evidence) we are falling dangerously close to the status of those who will believe anything! In other words, we step from the realm of investigators collecting evidence into the area of having no evidence to back up some wild theory. This is where the skeptics will target you if you let them!

In this section, I have tried to present only photos about which I felt very strongly were genuine... some I can vouch for personally and some I cannot. For each, I ask you to judge for yourself.

A number of photos taken at the mysterious "Graveyard X" have been a great source for study of mists and odd shapes.
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More photos from the strange "Graveyard X"
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BELL WITCH CAVE IMAGE
More information about the photo that is displayed as a thumbnail above

ANOTHER BABY PHOTO
A photo of the daughter of AGS NY Rep, Helen Sievers. Taken a number of years ago, it managed to capture some very impressive activity.

GHOST INVESTIGATION PHOTO
Strange images captured during an investigation in Tennessee. The photo was taken at the same time a witness complained of feeling a cold hand... see what turned up on film!

TEXAS VIDEO CLIPS
Submitted by a ghost researcher in Texas, these strange clips show a ghostly image in an alleged haunted house!

FOREST PRESERVE CEMETERY
Unusual images captured on film at an old cemetery

THE HAUNTED MANSION
Corresponding activity was occurring while this photo was taken in Indiana.

INDIAN BURIAL GROUNDS
Several photos taken at the site of an Indian burial ground in southern Illinois

ST. MARY'S CEMETERY SPIRITS
Strange images captured in this northern Illinois cemetery defy explanation

MT. THABOR CEMETERY PHOTOS 
More mysterious cemetery photos

BARTONVILLE HOSPITAL PHOTOS
Possible spirit photos from one of the most haunted locations in Illinois

For more information about spirit photography and various images that have been captured on film, see Troy Taylor's Ghost Hunter's Guidebook

Copyright 2003 by Troy Taylor. All Rights Reserved.