Ouija Board, October the 24th (10)


I began obsessing over the idea of trying to communicate another way, as I used a  voice recorder and  I found photography seemed to be  at a standstill. I managed to get some wood from our own wood shop even the technician was a bit hesitant when I explained my project as he had his own encounter as a young lad, and swore he saw and communicated with his deceased friend.

I began making a Ouija board as I thought it would be fresh and non corrupted. Meaning that no one else has done any other readings with it. I can admit I may be a little superstitious and my conversations varied and many people seemed to be very paranoid and frightened of the idea, which was fascinating.

Ouija Board

Ouija Board

I used simple plywood which I sanded down to help me draw on it easier.

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones

I began researching what was supposed to be on a Ouija board, what I could uncover was a sun on the left hand side, and a moon on the right. It must contain the number 0-9, “yes” and “No,” alongside “godbye”  Made by the inventor and lawyer Elijah Bond  on July 1, 1890 it was a piece of fun created for after dinner parties. Many people in the Victorian era would scam people with interesting illusions and tricks.

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones

Wikipedia link-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouija

The first real Ouija board was documented in China around 1100 AD, in historical documents of the Song Dynasty this is rather cool I must admit. “One of the first mentions of the automatic writing method used in the Ouija board is found in China around 1100 AD, in historical documents of the Song Dynasty. The method was known as fuji (扶乩), “planchette writing”. The use of planchette writing as an ostensible means of contacting the dead and the spirit-world continued, and, albeit under special rituals and supervisions, was a central practice of the Quanzhen School, until it was forbidden by the Qing Dynasty.[9] Several entire scriptures of the Daozang are supposedly works of automatic planchette writing. Similar methods of mediumistic spirit writing have been practiced in ancient India, Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe. “

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The final stage, I then clear varnished this, which took two days to dry. I cannot wait to test it out in a real session based at home. Apparently you are not supposed to do a Ouija session at your home, as I think this is because if something did encounter then its in your home so I can see the logic. Though I like the challenge and superstition of it all and I plan to film on Halloween itself.

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Ghost Images, Context 19th October (9)


Ghost Images Dennis Russell-http://paranormal.about.com/od/ghostphotos/ig/Best-Ghost-Photos/Grandpa-s-Ghost.htm I began exploring ghost images online to explore if I could be convinced these images were real.

This particular image was taken on Sunday, 8/17/97, and the man behind her is believed to be her deceased husband who dies on Sunday, 8/14/84

Quoted-“We did not notice the man in the picture until Christmas Day, 2000 (granny had since passed away), while browsing through some loose family photos at my parents’ house. My sister thought it was such a nice picture of granny that she even made a copy for mom, but still, nobody noticed the man behind her for over three years! When I arrived at my parents’ house that Christmas day, my sister handed me the picture and said, “Who do you think this man behind granny looks like?” It took a few seconds for it to sink in. I was absolutely speechless. The black and white photos show that it really looks like him.” I can’t say I believe this image as there is no comparison, unless it was dated and I saw a comparison of their grandfather I may have considered it.

Granny

Granny

Secondly is Ghost In The Burning Building, The Ghost in the buring building I do consider to be a fake that was taken from a postcard, its widely believed this is a hoax. A article in the Shropshire Star presents evidence that the image of the girl in the photo may have been lifted from an old postcard, this can be viewed here http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2010/05/17/does-postcard-solve-ghost-riddle/

Ghost In Burning Building

Ghost In Burning Building

The supposedly ghost image though if we compare it to the post card from the pose, her facial expression and clothes are identical a bit coincidental I must admit. Spectator Tony O’Rahilly in 1905 photographed this, it even got examined by a specialist though only the photograph exists and not the original negative, so we will never know. This girl was believed to be Jane Churm, who accidentally started the disastrous great fire of Wem in 1677.

Jane Churm

Jane Churm

The Watcher, photo taken in Corroboree Rock at Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia in 1959. The watcher is believed to be a girl holding a camera or binoculars, what is she looking at? Why is she there? It could be a double exposure though looking at the photograph if the person captured this image what was he focusing on as there is no real content apart from some trees. I do consider this to be a fake.

One image I do believe is accurate paranormal photograph is the famous war image, taken in 1919, it was first published in 1975 by Sir Victor Goddard, a retired R.A.F. officer. It is believed to be Freddy Jackson a plane mechanic who dies suddenly by a freak accident regarding a plane propeller. Apparently he died two days before this image was taken and this photo was shot on the date of his funeral. freddy_jackson_lg Tennessee electric chair was to be renovated the engineer photographed several images to produce this. It’s a little blurry though there is clearly a face, perhaps a inmate who was sentenced to the chair? I’m not sure to believe this or not, it’s a 50/50.

Electric chair ghost

Electric chair ghost

From my research these images are my favorites it does not really matter if I personally believe it or not, its the idea that the idea has lived on for this long as their unexplained.


Edgar Allen Poe 17th October (8)


http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178355

I even contemplated the idea of studying poetry as I have used it in my videos int he past in my work, as I find it the easiest way to express myself.  Edgar Allan Poe a American poet born January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849. He wrote about mystery, the supernatural and macabre.

The Sleeper

BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

At midnight, in the month of June,
I stand beneath the mystic moon.
An opiate vapor, dewy, dim,
Exhales from out her golden rim,
And softly dripping, drop by drop,
Upon the quiet mountain top,
Steals drowsily and musically
Into the universal valley.
The rosemary nods upon the grave;
The lily lolls upon the wave;
Wrapping the fog about its breast,
The ruin moulders into rest;
Looking like Lethe, see! the lake
A conscious slumber seems to take,
And would not, for the world, awake.
All Beauty sleeps!—and lo! where lies
Irene, with her Destinies!
Oh, lady bright! can it be right—
This window open to the night?
The wanton airs, from the tree-top,
Laughingly through the lattice drop—
The bodiless airs, a wizard rout,
Flit through thy chamber in and out,
And wave the curtain canopy
So fitfully—so fearfully—
Above the closed and fringéd lid
’Neath which thy slumb’ring soul lies hid,
That, o’er the floor and down the wall,
Like ghosts the shadows rise and fall!
Oh, lady dear, hast thou no fear?
Why and what art thou dreaming here?
Sure thou art come o’er far-off seas,
A wonder to these garden trees!
Strange is thy pallor! strange thy dress!
Strange, above all, thy length of tress,
And this all solemn silentness!
The lady sleeps! Oh, may her sleep,
Which is enduring, so be deep!
Heaven have her in its sacred keep!
This chamber changed for one more holy,
This bed for one more melancholy,
I pray to God that she may lie
Forever with unopened eye,
While the pale sheeted ghosts go by!
My love, she sleeps! Oh, may her sleep,
As it is lasting, so be deep!
Soft may the worms about her creep!
Far in the forest, dim and old,
For her may some tall vault unfold—
Some vault that oft hath flung its black
And wingéd pannels fluttering back,
Triumphant, o’er the crested palls
Of her grand family funerals—
Some sepulchre, remote, alone,
Against whose portals she hath thrown,
In childhood, many an idle stone—
Some tomb from out whose sounding door
She ne’er shall force an echo more,
Thrilling to think, poor child of sin!
It was the dead who groaned within.
With catchy alliteration, sibilance and repetition this poem explores the macabre in the context of a death laid to rest of a woman who forever sleeps in her tomb.

The Haunted Palace

BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

In the greenest of our valleys
   By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace—
   Radiant palace—reared its head.
In the monarch Thought’s dominion,
   It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
   Over fabric half so fair!
Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
   On its roof did float and flow
(This—all this—was in the olden
   Time long ago)
And every gentle air that dallied,
   In that sweet day,
Along the ramparts plumed and pallid,
   A wingèd odor went away.
Wanderers in that happy valley,
   Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically
   To a lute’s well-tunèd law,
Round about a throne where, sitting,
   Porphyrogene!
In state his glory well befitting,
   The ruler of the realm was seen.
And all with pearl and ruby glowing
   Was the fair palace door,
Through which came flowing, flowing, flowing
   And sparkling evermore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
   Was but to sing,
In voices of surpassing beauty,
   The wit and wisdom of their king.
But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
   Assailed the monarch’s high estate;
(Ah, let us mourn!—for never morrow
   Shall dawn upon him, desolate!)
And round about his home the glory
   That blushed and bloomed
Is but a dim-remembered story
   Of the old time entombed.
And travellers, now, within that valley,
   Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms that move fantastically
   To a discordant melody;
While, like a ghastly rapid river,
   Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever,
   And laugh—but smile no more.
I find his poetry quite dark in places though he does explore the supernatural. I don’t think I will continue with poetry as I need to find a way to express and present my work possibly through photography and film?

Derren Brown, October the 16th (7)


I have found it difficult to find artists to link with my project as it it rather complex, I did come across a artists called Derren Brown-

Derren Brown

Derren Brown

February 27, 1971 (age 43), Purley, London

The ‘Lucky Dog’ was a experiment he set up in a town to explore and document people’s reactions, undersatding and investigate the idea of hear say regarding the use of luck. Brown explored through conversations of the people who patted the dog. Even the media got a hold of the statue that somehow got a hold of the known psychic “Sally Morgan” who emphiasises about the ‘energy’she feels in the area.

It’s a interesting concept that lasted over three months, when Brown reveals it this was the towns response.

OK, it was fake, but so what, something good came out of it all for lots of people simply because they believed in themselves for a change. It’s the idea of a supernatural occurance in a way of exploring concepts of superstitious beliefs. It’s a project he documented and I feel my work is exploring various ways to document or capture a belief.

Lucky Dog

Lucky Dog


October the 15th (6)


October the 15th Second photography session-

I decided to revisit the scene in Llandaff and this time I recorded it, it was unfortunate that it was very active in noise due to various animals. I did not capture anything on my voice recorder as we explored a different section of the Cathedral.

My friend did however captured a unusual image exactly when I asked for a spirit to show their presence or to appear in the film. We captured a remarkable brown like fog that seemed to surround me, shown here below. It is not a finger blocking the lens as that would be a solid and I would be blocked out so I cannot explain this effect, I may see Chris short to see if he could suggest how it was caused.

I did get excited over one image, but I soon realised I must have taken a photograph of my friend Emma as she was wearing a white coat that was tied around her, it was still interesting as I wanted to believe something was there, as her composition does look faded and washed out but unfortunately the evidence shows it is her.

Me

Me

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Ocotober the 13th Tutorial with James Green (5)


Tutorial with James Ocotber 13th

I found my tutorial to be more helpful in my new group, James allowed members to interact and help give useful crtitism. I said I was struggling on where to take my project forward as I experimenting in photography on my little mini ghost walks in the Llandaff area, but I said I will be making a Ouija board, to continue to experiment and film it to see if anything would happen.

I found people were interested in my project as it was different, by studying the paranormal and supernatural. But I must admit I am not sure where to take it from here.


First Ghost encounter ? October the 12th (4)


My and my friend Emma ventured out for our first ghostly walk to possibly capture any questionable photographs with a traditional vintage 35mm camera, as if I did capture anything it would be clearly on the negatives and redeemed as not a fake. The only image I found was an ordinary scene. I was first drawn to the swirling orb like effect in the bottom right hand corner, upon reflection I have been told it is a printing error from a spill. Also in the center of the piece it was questionable as only three people who have experienced anything out of the ordinary, all saw a nurse/small boy’s head in the tree. Again I have been told it’s an effect called matrixing, meaning our brain forces us to see a subjects in anything from trees to clouds.

Ghost image? Llandaff

Ghost image? Llandaff

I posted this image on a ghost Facebook group called Haunted Events UK, it was interesting to see a mixed response and different conversations

  •  Richard Buckland- Firstly glass doesn’t have to be present on the floor to give any kind of reflection!, this confused even me! The bottom ringed item looks like development fluid spill a common occurrence in 35mm film print, the leaves at the top and your description is nothing more than matrixing.
  • Jamie Jones –Thank you, any other opinions? Just want to see what people think.
  • Keiron Mccorquodale  What see in the tree look to me older with a dog’s head at his legs..
  •  Louise Sunkins-I see the figure now,I’m not sure if its just a trick of the eye though . What’s the misty thing on the left,is that just a sun ray or sumfin?
  • Jamie Jones –Yes I asked over 20 people with the “boy” image and only 2 spotted it. I think thats me taking a image from my phone of this photograph x
  • Louise Sinkins, I’m inclined to think it looks like a girl with a dress on and some kind of head apparel,of ethnic minority
  •  Richard Buckland – isn’t anyone on here aware of the powers of suggestion??? If someone tells you to look for something in particular then by our very nature we start to form shapes of recognisable form. Not being nasty but surely you must have some rational thoughts on this..
  •  Louise Sinkins Indeed Richard. I am a cautious beleiver and well aware of suggestion etc. I’m not saying what it is,only what my eyes are making me see! I’m not like ooooh,a ghost or anything and comments like that do insult my intelligence tbh. At the end of the day its all a matter of opinion,you know that and I respect yours so please respect others x
  • Lee Roberts Generally if you have to circle something to be noticed then it’s usually nothing at all and can be explained. This is a great picture, nothing more than Paradolia but a good effort.
  • Jamie Jones- Hmm I circled them as its a bad copy As I said only two people spotted that figure/matrix etc and when I have asked people can they see anything most point at anything and everything. Hence why I’m asking is it the trick of the light or can people see anything ?
  • Lee Roberts –That’s cool Jamie… The answer is Paredolia – the mind making shapes and faces out of nothing to Make sense of it.
  • Richard Buckland – It’s not a matter of opinion if your opinion manipulates other peoples thought process, how about just asking “what can you see” again people will look for the familiar in any shape or pattern. Remember it’s easier to believe than to doubt.
  • Jamie Jones –Sheesh Richard calm down only asking a question
  • Richard Buckland –I am calm Jamie, just making a point, not opinion
  • Lee Roberts –Let’s play nice guys…
  • Richard Buckland- I am one of the most chilled out people you will meet, Lee will agree with that. lol
  • Louise Sinkins –I think its easier to doubt personally,lol. But yeh,I did say in my first post I thought it was a trick of the eye,personally. Psychology does play a big part which I do take into consideration But even then,what if it isn’t paredolia and is actually a spirit manifestation,lol,at the end of the day its all subject to opinion eh
  • Jamie Jones –xD Which is what I am investigating lol.
  • Lee Roberts –The beauty of the Paranormal world Lousie… We will never know!
  • Louise Sinkins –Indeed! X
  • Richard Buckland –i like to debate, i don’t do name calling or anything like that, those were the darker days of the paranormal world, and louise I do respect your opinions.
  • Jamie Jones  –Though if anyone has “captured” any debatable images etc please post on here for me to see x
  • Louise Sinkins  –Ty Richard. I think its awesome the way you analyse things!
  • Richard Buckland  –there are loads of images on here Jamie just scroll down the page, none that can’t be explained though in my professional opinion.
  • Richard Buckland-Louise, whilst I do have a strong belief in the paranormal and the afterlife, I also have a 1st class degree in photography so finding a balance between belief and science is no easy task. Many people say I am unorthodox.. i guess they are right… lol
  • Peter Coin Boy Waller  –I’d say great pic but I generally think it’s just matrixing
  • Jamie Jones –I’m 50/50 As I stated last week I will be doing a ouija board film for a project, which will be posted. Though many people on here as I recall were objective, I’m simply curious hence this project x
  • Richard Buckland –nothing wrong with study and experimenting this is how answers are found. good luck Jamie
  • Jamie Jones –Yes as I have met many people who have supposedly witnessed paranormal occurrences. I have not experienced anything myself yet, but I do take it into consideration that some things cannot be explained. I did read somewhere on here of the latest Zozo episode on Ghost Adventures. 
  • Louise Sinkins-I think its a very useful and important skill in this field Richard! I find a good debunking very satisfying,lol. Saying that,I’ve had many experiences I just cant explain despite my rationalisation!
  • Louise Sinkins –There is alot of faked evidence out there but the majority of people do feel they have captured something unusual even if its accidental.
  • Louise Sinkins –So, Jamie,how do you feel about the Ouija board project?
  • Jamie Jones -Not sure I do see something there and nervous about the oujia board as there is a lot of paranoia about using it.
    My conversations were very interesting and it was surprising the mixed response of photo analysing and everyday beliefs.