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Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Photo Evidence Review – Part Three

Quite often we only notice something unusual in our photos after the event, when we are at home reviewing the footage or possible evidence from the event. This is a shame as more often than not we wished we had known at the event, because we could have asked more meaningful questions to spirit or taken more photos in a certain area.

The Lowndes Arms
The first photo was taken in the upper floors of The Lowndes Arms, a pub just outside Milton Keynes.

The landlady had asked us to investigate as there were quite a few “strange” things going on. From objects being moved, to doors being slammed and the sound of furniture being moved, especially late at night, but no furniture was found out of place.
This first photo is half out of focus, this was a series of several photos, all taken at the same time but this was the only one that was 50% out of focus, literally across the middle vertically. We could understand if it were horizontally out of focus, as that could have been the difference in temperature (hot air rises, for instance) but for one half of a room to be hot or cold to cause this, is highly unlikely if not impossible.


Fort Horsted, Chatham
The next photo is a curious one and one in which we didn’t fully understand until the event had nearly finished and the phenomena wasn’t occurring as frequently as when we first heard the guests talking about it. Taken by a guest during the ghost hunt at Fort Horsted in Chatham, in an area known as room 10, which was a cartridge store, with a cartridge lift to the guns on the roof of the fort. The face was seen in one of the lighting openings.

The ‘face’ was seen by the guests at the time, without the use of a camera. However we thought that the face was only seen in a camera and had ruled it out of being anything paranormal as it sounded like pareidolia. What didn’t realise is that people were seeing the face themselves, which then makes pareidolia an unlikely explanation. The photo shows a “Scream” like face or mask.
We visited this fort on numerous dates for five years and this was the only occasion that this phenomena was seen. However we don’t have an explanation or a firm decision on whether this was a spirit related incident or a mass pareidolia trick of the mind type of experience.


The Walpole Bay Hotel, Margate
The next photo could be a non-eventful photo, it could have been deliberate, or it could be something paranormal we don’t know. One thing for sure is that it is an odd photo.

The photo was taken at a charity ghost hunt arranged by The Children’s Trust at The Walpole Bay Hotel in Margate, which is steeped in history and has been visited by the rich and famous over the years. Today however the hotel doesn’t have any sparkle, just a run down hotel, with lots of junk or memorabilia depending on your view point.
On the mirror is a scrawled number 2 and a circle, which is reflected on to the wall in the camera flash (as an S in a circle). This wasn’t seen at the time of the photo and a group spent a session in this room with many photos taken by the guests and no-one saw this. When looking at the mirror you couldn’t see anything drawn on the surface, it was only this photo that showed a number and circle.
As we said this could have been drawn on by a member of staff (to what end we don’t know) and wiped off so nothing visible had been left. But how was it drawn on the mirror? What could leave no residue?
After the event and whilst reviewing the photos, we had thought that this could have been lipstick on the mirror, but we tested that and it wasn’t (as lipstick smears on a mirror, especially when wiped off).
Therefore we don’t know what this could have been, or whether it was intentional or not nor what could have been drawn on the mirror to leave no residue. It is just one of those odd occurrences.

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