ok, might as well put this one down. we have weird stuff going on in our current abode. unexplainable stuff i've not really experienced anywhere else ever before in my life. and i do my best to debunk, ya know? but i also still remain open and scientifically curious.
there's been a lot of weird shadows moving about. the fella has seen more of that than i have and he's not one to jump to odd conclusions, either. but he has called me while i was out shopping completely freaked out; i've never heard him like that. one night i did witness straight-up knocking and scratching at our front door and there was no one and nothing there. i was RIGHT at the door when it happened trying to investigate what he was getting alarmed about. i was looking out the little windows adjacent to the door and there was absolutely no apparent reason those sounds should have been occurring. it literally could not be explained.
but there's another phenomenon that was once a bit of a craze but for most serious paranormal researchers is now discounted. for the most part.
it depends on certain factors. and what i'm referring to is commonly known as "Orbs" but falls into the greater realm of "spirit photography".
thankfully, i was raised by two amateur photographers and have memories of being in my dad's darkroom before i was 10 years old. i then proceeded study it intensely for 4 years in order to earn my bachelor's in photography. i was then able to earn a living professionally. i've done everything from weddings, to architecture, products, portraits, and even medical photography at Johns Hopkins. i can make a camera out of any container...use any camera almost instantly. i've mixed my own photographic chemicals from their base compounds, and have used the very first photographic processes, such as the cyanotype, where you process your image in the sun. so of all topics, i do consider myself to know more than the average person about it's in's and out's.
to top it off, a lot of experience just processing other people's photographs in a lab setting and digitally retouching them has given me an additional expertise in recognizing all manner of photographic problems and mistakes. i'm speaking of light-leaks, flash reflections, multiple-exposures and exposure issues in general, lens obstructions, and most important....dust
so one can typically take the same approach that is taken with the subject of unexplained aerial phenomena, aka UFO sightings, whereas 95% of them can eventually be explained, but there's that 5% of cases that end up in the "X-Files" category. same thing with so-called Orb photographs. little somewhat transparent circles or balls that sometimes show up in random images. most of them really are just dust reflecting off of the flash due to the proximity to the lens...as most of these types of photos are taken with very basic, "point & shoot" style cameras. and since "ghost hunters" love to visit decrepit, dirty, abandoned locations filled with....drum-roll...dust
...well they seem to believe when they capture them flying about everywhere, it must be a sign of spirit activity
i only get interested when the images are not only taken with more professional-type cameras - at the least they need to be SLRs with an attached flash - but i also get interested when there's more than just the typical little "balls". there are some photos of incredible light anomalies that, if partnered with either witness accounts and/or audio/video recordings, can begin to create a body of evidence that pushes the situation more towards that smaller percentage.
well, the very first time i got our home set up after moving in, i started taking photos and noticing all the little orbs in my pictures. i just laughed it off. but it kept happening, even in places where a lot of dust & dander was not being kicked about in any way. such as when i take product photos in a room sealed off from animals and people most of the time. and then for fun, just to see what happens, i started talking to them if i happened to capture them when taking photos in the house for some reason. and what started to take place was so incredibly "coincidental" it was uncanny.
i could direct them. what i mean is, i would ask them to gather in a certain place to have their picture taken. i'd snap, check, and bam, there they were. i'd ask them to show up somewhere else. same result. i'd ask them to stay for a couple of shots. then i'd ask them to leave. suddenly, no orbs. i am not even kidding. and just once i did capture an additional, different light anomaly when conducting one of these "directing" experiments - an odd streak i could not explain away with my current photographic knowledge.
with the help of another like-minded photographer who attempts to take a scientific approach (he's actually a research biologist) i started doing comparison images where i purposefully created dust by fluffing a pillow the cats sleep on and similar tests, all while trying to will the dust in certain places, etc. but the intentional dust-orbs had a more snowy-looking appearance, time after time. and all very different from my other results. and definitely no streaks or other light anomalies.
this then led to another type of research that i'm more then familiar with, EVP or Electronic Voice Phenomena
. i'll have to share past experiences another time, but the husband & i decided to give it a shot in our own house. we used both analog and digital recording devices (my husband records music and used an 8-track with attached microphone and i used my tablet) and what can i say? we got unexplainable results. intelligent, relevant answers to questions we asked. and really, i haven't finished going through our sessions. one of the questions asked was, "how many of you are there with us here in the house?". a voice that was not mine or the fella's broke the silence with, "seven". we haven't done any sessions since then. sometimes...if there is
something going on...i don't feel so comfortable keeping doors open, if you get what i'm saying.
ready for the kicker?
before we moved in all we'd been told was there was an old couple living here for 15 years, the old man died and the wife decided to relocate and downsize. it wasn't until this summer that the fella spoke to our overly-friendly, cigarette-bumming neighbor/previous appliance maintenance man for this house that we learned he actually did pass away while he was home. he hit his head. so it's a total cliche' on top of it all!
anyway, the whole reason i posted this was because i was just sitting here in my bedroom, on skype. husband napping on the sofa. all 3 cats napping in the living room in various locations as well. totally quiet. i just happen to look up after sending a message to see this dark...i don't even know...patch? shape? shadow? something...move past our white cabinets in the kitchen (yes our bedroom has a door to the kitchen). but even weirder, i heard something. i don't know if it was just in my head or not, to be honest. but it was this low buzzing-whoosh sound....very low and quiet...but that's what i heard. and i cannot explain that whatsoever, either. but it matches what the fella has described to me as seeing on numerous occasions, and in the same general area of the house.
anyway, merry christmas!