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Spectral Survival 101 How to Identify a Photobombing Phantom

Ever check your holiday photos only to find a photo-bombing phantom?

This ghost became an overnight Internet sensation.

This ghostly apparition became an overnight Internet sensation.

You’re not alone.  Along with time travellers and aliens, modern ghosts are probably the most highly visible visitants you’ll ever meet, and for a very good reason. As camera technology becomes increasingly sensitive to the spectra of light and dark, is it any wonder a specter would see your device as a conduit for their self expression? When the cameras come out for the holidays, so do the ghosts.

Take this latest incorporeal Internet sensation, the British Parliament New Year’s Eve ghost for example. Now I’m not here to debate if the photo is a product of camera trickery or a PS process after the fact by the photographer, Jules Annan. No, when it comes to suspected supernatural situations my only job is to help you prepare for the worst.

Mustering enough energy to make an appearance is not something a ghost will do just for fun. There’s a reason this ghost has picked you. And when quick communication is key to surviving any spectral situation, your ability to size up any spook quickly and accurately is your first line of self-defense. So you need to find out exactly who – or what – is your posing poltergeist and what do they want?

1. Inspect Your Device

Before you get caught up in the details of the photo, begin with a thorough inspection of your device. If it’s just a camera, this means inspect every one of your shots, for other appearances of your apparition. Chances are good there is more than one and if so the photos must be read together or even in sequence to understand their story.

If your device is also a phone you may also want to check for ghostly numbers on your call display or strange messages at strange times that repeat. For example, if your voicemail service translates calls into text like mine does, you may get a text that looks something like this:

Wed 30 Dec 2013 03:33:33:

“Aarrooooooooeeeaaaaaaaiiiiiiiaaaaaaarrrrrrwwww” (Please call into your voicemail to listen to this message.)

While disconcerting to be sure, messages like these can help you to decipher the intent of your incorporeal friend.

2. Inspect the Environment(s)

Sure there are lots of different high tech filters you can apply to see better or more but really, a simple zoom will give you enough detail to decipher. Do you see anything strange or different about the environment in your photo? I mean besides the obvious ghostly human. Stranger than that. I’m talking about faint blood splatter patterns that might be on the lens, mysterious symbols, cracks and holes, untraceable lights or flying cats, that kind of thing.

In the case of Mr. Annan’s ghost, the environment yields few if any other clues. The lights in this case were clearly from the Parliament building and no stone work appeared to be bleeding.  Which brings us to…

3. Phantom Phashion

 In the case of the New Years Eve ghost it’s really all the evidence there is to go on. What is your ghost wearing exactly and why? Strictly speaking, ghosts don’t need clothing, so when a ghost incorporates, he must choose exactly how to appear to you. Generally speaking this means she will appear in an outfit that is either a) easy for her to materialize because it was highly memorable or b) significant in some way to the message he is trying to convey to you. As a result, a ghost will seldom completely dressed let alone appropriately dressed.

I know a lot of Internauts have commented that Mr. Annan’s ghost is suspiciously well-dressed, right down to the warm winter boots. And that’s fair. But there is one exception to the clothing rule and it’s this. Ghosts who don’t yet realize that they are dead have the memory of their last outfit clear in their minds and as a result, it materializes in detail very clearly for a short time immediately following the events of their death. Certainly that would be the most likely explanation with the New Years Eve ghost, as he (or she) is wearing a very current style of warm boot that would take a lot of energy to materialize.

Did somebody wearing UGG boots die on their way to the fireworks on New Years Eve? As yet to be determined. Meanwhile, if you haven’t inspected your holiday photos, I encourage you to do so immediately. Somebody may be trying to send you a message.

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