Is there a Ghost in this Picture?

ghostface.jpgIt's too late or too early for ghost stories, but sometimes you just can't ignore them, especially when there's photographic proof. The Daily Mail is one wacky publication I visit when I need a good laugh, so when I found this article accompanied by a snapshot taken with a mobile phone that appears to have captured a ghostly face of a child, I just didn't know what to think. Could this be a hoax? Dirt? Pixelized illusion? I always get a kick of those people who claim to have captured "Orbs" in their photographs, but this picture clearly shows a real face with eyes, a nose, and a mouth. It almost looks like a little Einstein. The picture was captured by 17-year-old Matthew Summers on his mobile phone as he was getting ready to go out with his female entourage. A little girl on the right is clearly upset about something. Could it have been the ghost child? Who really knows, but one Ciaran O'Keefee, a  parapsychologist on Living TV's Most Haunted, thinks he has an explanation. He  says, and I quote:

"As human beings we're very good at finding a pattern in randomness and related to that we're good at finding faces in randomness. The term for this is pareidolia. First it was ink blots, then things like clouds in the sky and now mobile phone pictures. There is no ghost in this picture, just the coincidental effect of pixelation and darkness and light which combine together."

What do you think? Could this be a ghost?


  1. Dakota 25 January, 2008 at 19:04

    Given that it is a spirit (= ghost) that makes a body ‘alive’, and its leaving a body that makes said body ‘dead’, it is the height of arrogance and sophomorism to claim there is no such thing as a ghost.
    As a Sun Dancer, therefore a Traditional spiritual person of my ITI people, the Lakota, I am best qualified to speak on such things than you are. You need education to end your ignorance, takoszja, from which stem your arrogance and sophomorism.
    Atheism has its place, but not as authority on things spiritual. It’s likelier to be a ghost than it is to be a result of some chance coming-together of various effects. There is no such thing as accidental coincidence in the universe, takoszja – there is only the fact of incidents coinciding in time.

  2. Ghostbuster 25 January, 2008 at 18:20

    It looks just like a face. Even the “hair” is kinda overlapping the girl’s leg. And the fact that there is an upset child close by could mean that that child’s energy caused the apparition. Such things are explained in books as poltergeists. But if you really want to be realistic, it is very possible that the play of light and the numerous objects in the picture, and behind the girls, could cause an image of something that looks like a face. But it sure is spooky…

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