Throughout the world there are thousands of well known ghostly photographs which have been seen scattered around the internet, featured in books and magazines and seen on television shows. Many investigators prefer older photographs than recent ones as the technology of hoaxing was not available say... 60-80 years back. Of course we are aware that some hoxing did go on, especially those photographs of alleged spirit photography.
Hundreds of photographs still remain that are thought to have no rational explanation. That is if we believe what the photographers tell us. Below are just a few of the most well known photographs...
The Brown Lady.
This is one of the most famous ghost photos ever taken. Taken in 1936, it apparently shows the "Brown Lady". The ghost at Raynham Hall in England.
As the story goes, two photographers from Country Life magazine were capturing the old Hall when one of the men came upon the ghost.
A photograph was quickly taken seconds before the figure disappeared. When developed, it showed a faint figure gliding down a staircase.
The authenticity of this photograph lies with the photographers themselves. Could it be possible that two knowledgable photographers from a well known magazine would have the know-how in regards creating a hoax? The photographers became well known and the magazine company also benefitted from this...
This ghostly figure that appears to be praying is said to have not been seen by the photographer Gordon Carrol when the photograph was taken.
The photo was taken at the church of St. Mary the virgin, in Northampton, England.
The photo, taken in 1964, is the first time the praying ghost has been captured on film.
However, this is not its first sighting. The ghost has allegedly been spotted many times during the last century, and the haunting of St. Mary's has been well documented.
Again... the photograph was taken by a visiting photographer. Many do agree that it is relatively easy to replicate due to methods of creating double exposures.
What is interesting is that there are numerous people who claim to have seen the ghostly figure...
This famous ghost photograph was taken in 1891 by Sybell Corbett at Combermere Abbey in Cheshire, England.
It is believed to be of Lord Combermere, who apparently returned to visit his library.
The camera was set up in the library and left to record the area for about an hour. Older cameras took a while to record an image. When the photograph was developed, this image of a man appeared in the photo.
Due to the location be left vacant and a camera set up to conduct a long exposure, there is the possibility that someone entered the location and sat on the chair for a while before leaving and left their image on film.
Unfortunately like other long exposures, there did not seem to be any movement blur which does make this particular photograph rather interesting...
Rev. Ralph Hardy, a retired clergyman from White Rock, British Columbia, took this now-famous photograph in 1966.
He intended merely to photograph the elegant spiral staircase (known as the "Tulip Staircase") in the Queen's House section of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England. Upon development, however, the photo revealed a shrouded figure climbing the stairs, seeming to hold the railing with both hands. Experts, including some from Kodak, who examined the original negative concluded that it had not been tampered with.
It's been said that unexplained figures have been seen on occasion in the vicinity of the staircase, and unexplained footsteps have also been heard. Some have suggested that it is the result of yet another timed exposure which of course would provide an untampered photograph. Once again we come to rely upon the witness statement...
This well known "ghost" photo was snapped by Reverend K. F. Lord at Newby Church in North Yorkshire, England in the 1960's.
He claims he was merely taking a photo of the alter and didn't see anything unusual at the time, until the photograph was developed. This particular photo has been the subject of many arguments and much controversy over the years due to the rather "fake" appearance of the figure in the photo. Many have asked 'Why would a monk that looks to be posing for the photograph be weraring some type of mask'?
The alleged apparition in the photo appears to be a monk with hands folded in prayer and wearing a ghastly face mask. The monk looks to be older than the building, from the time when monks were a common sight in England. Thus, it is likely the monk would date to before the time of Henry VIII, who closed down all monasteries.
Another photo that relies upon the witness testimony...
Madonna of Bachelor's Grove.
Taken on August 10, 1991 by Mari Huff. During a routine investigation by the "Ghost Research Society" of Bachelor's Grove cemetery near Chicago, member Mari Huff took this photo in an area where their equipment had been acting strangely.
The small, abandoned cemetery was empty except for the ghost hunters, and yet when the film was developed this image of a lonely young woman clearly appeared.
Bachelor's Grove cemetery is considered to be one of the most haunted in America, and is known for over 100 instances of alleged paranormal phenomena (including apparitions).
Some have suggested that this photograph could easily be hoaxed, simply by having someone who was not a member of the investigation team sit and allow themselves to be photographed in the said location...
Sefton Church is an ancient structure (started in the 12th century and finished in the early 16th century) in Merseyside, England, just north of Liverpool.
This particular photograph was taken inside the church in September, 1999.
According to Brad Steiger's book - Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits and Haunted Places, where this photo was found, there was only one other photographer in the church beside the person who took this picture.
Neither of them recalled seeing the ghost or any flesh-and-blood person standing there who could account for this image. Because the figure is all in black, it has been theorised that the apparition could be that of a church minister.
again the bluring of the figure could indicate a real person moving around during a long exposure...
This intriguing photo, taken in 1919, was first published in 1975 by Sir Victor Goddard, a retired R.A.F. officer.
The photo is a group portrait of Goddard's squadron, which had served in World War I aboard the HMS Daedalus. An extra ghostly face appears in the photo. In back of the airman positioned on the top row, fourth from the left, can clearly be seen the face of another man.
It is said to be the face of Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had been accidentally killed by an airplane propeller two days earlier. His funeral had taken place on the day this photograph was snapped. Members of the squadron easily recognised the face as Jackson's. An interesting photograph...