Wednesday, 28 November 2012

St Frideswide's Night Photoes

Many of you will remember my adventures at the church in Binsey on St Frideswide’s Night, see: As you can see, my companion, Geoff Ambler of Contact International, took a number of photographs. I have been given permission by Geoff to publish these photographs on HPANWO. Photoes 1, 2 and 4 are simple interior shots of the church with nothing anomalous apparent in them at all. Photoes 9 and 10 are completely blank and are probably shots of the outdoor open spaces with all the features out of range of the flash, however if any HPANWO-readers have the skills and facilities to intensify them and find anything notable, I’d be very grateful. Photoes 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14 capture patches of the exterior ground in the graveyard; these all look completely normal to me, although if any of you disagree please let me know and explain why. Photo 15 is one of the church gates which you can also see in the film. The only images of any immediate interest are Photoes 3 and 6. In Photo 3 we see a swirl of thin dark red across the lower middle of the frame and another blob of red to the upper left; this one of denser and a lighter shade. The background is black. I suspect this might be an article of Geoff’s clothing. Geoff’s technique involved taking some of the shots over his shoulder and so he wouldn’t be able to train the camera very well and might have accidentally photographed his own collar. Again, if anybody doesn’t think this is the case could you let me know?

The most interesting snap is Photo 6. It’s one of the exterior ground shots, but it’s the most remarkable because it contains a distinct orb in the upper mid left. It’s the only photo Geoff took that night which contains a visible orb. Geoff told me that taking photos over his shoulder tends to produce more orbs. Attempts have been made to explain orbs away as being artefacts of digital photography caused by the light source, usually the camera flash, being located close too the lens so reflecting the light directly back into the camera from a small nearby object, like a grain of dust or raindrop, see: No doubt some of them are indeed just that, but are all orbs explicable as glints of light off motes and pollen grains? No. See here for a non-Skepper overview of orbs: I also recommend the book Beyond Photography by Katie Hall and John Pickering: Geoff too has had a lot of experience photographing orbs and thinks that this one is the genuine article. Of course if we’d been slightly more competent and professional supernatural researchers we’d have kept an exact record of when and where each photo on the roll was taken, but unfortunately we are not and so we didn’t. The reason I’d like to know was because Geoff took one of the shots at 20.46 in Part 6 of the film linked above, and this was just a few seconds before I heard that strange voice. If the orb Geoff photographed is real, and Photo 6 was the one you saw him take at that moment, then could there be a connection?

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