Photographing the Invisible: Practical Studies in Spirit Photography, Spirit Portraiture, and Other Rare But Allied Phenomena ... with 90 Photographs (Google eBook)

Front Cover
L.N. Fowler' Company, 1911 - Spirit photography - 399 pages
0 Reviews
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 90 - Dr. G. was the first sitter, and, for a reason known to myself, I used a monocular camera. I myself took the plate out of a packet just previously ripped up, under the surveillance of my two detectives. I placed the slide in my pocket and exposed it by magnesium ribbon which I held in my own hand, keeping one eye, as it were, on the sitter, and the other on the camera. There was no background. I myself took the plate from the dark slide, and, under the eyes of the two detectives, placed it in the...
Page 91 - The psychic figures behaved badly. Some were in focus, others not so. Some were lighted from the right, while the sitter was so from the left ; some were comely . . . others not so. Some monopolised the major portion of the plate, quite obliterating the material sitters.
Page 91 - I also found that the psychic figure was at least a millimetre higher up in one than the other. Now, as both had been simultaneously exposed, it follows to demonstration that, although both were correctly placed vertically in relation to the particular sitter behind whom the figure appeared, and not so horizontally, this figure had not only not been impressed on the plate simultaneously with the two gentlemen forming the group, but had not been formed by the lens at all, and that therefore the psychic...
Page 377 - I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh ; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams.
Page 174 - ... provided, being a box purchased from a regular dealer for the trade. This box of plates was always either kept in my coat pocket or inaccessible except to myself. The developing work was done at different galleries, except in three instances, when Mr. Wyllie assisted by my request, but sufficient precaution was taken to prevent the possibility of exchanging plates. " Before every trial I made a thorough examination of Mr. Wyllie's camera, lens, plate-holder, background and all accessories. I...
Page 91 - It is due to the psychic entities to say that whatever was produced on one half of the stereoscopic plates was produced on the other, alike good or bad in definition. But on a careful examination of one which was rather better than the other, ... I deduce this fact, that the impressing of the spirit form was not consentaneous with that of the sitter. This I consider an important discovery.
Page 91 - But, on a careful examination of one which was rather better than the other, I deduce this fact, that the impressing of the spirit form was not consentaneous with that of the sitter. This I consider an important discovery. I carefully examined one in the stereoscope, and found that, while the two sitters were stereoscopic per se, the psychic figure was absolutely flat. I also found that the psychic figure was at least a millimetre higher up in one than the other. Now, as both had been simultaneously...
Page 43 - These portraits were obtained under circumstances which did not admit of deception. Neither Mr. Hudson nor Mr. Herne knew who we were. Mr. Herne I never saw before. I shut him up in the recess at the back of the studio, and secured the door on the outside, so that he did not and could not appear on the scene. Mr. Benjamin Coleman, who was with us, and myself took the plates at hap-hazard from a dusty heap of such ; and Mr. Coleman went into the dark chamber with the photographer, and took...
Page 51 - ... at me and holding a bunch of flowers. At the third sitting, after placing myself, and after the prepared plate was in the camera, I asked that the figure would come close to me. The third plate exhibited a female figure standing close in front of me, so that the drapery covers the lower part of my body. I saw all the plates developed, and in each case the additional figure started out the moment the developing fluid was poured on, while my portrait did not become visible till, perhaps, twenty...
Page 90 - ... when the trials were made representatives of various schools of thought, including a clergyman of the Church of England ; a practitioner of the healing art, who is a Fellow of two learned societies ; a gentleman who graduated in the Hall of Science, in the days of the late Charles Bradlaugh ; two extremely hard-headed Glasgow merchants, gentlemen of commercial eminence and probity ; our host, his wife, the medium, and myself. Dr G. was the first sitter, and, for a reason known to myself, I used...

Bibliographic information