Post by davidpenrod on Mar 19, 2012 20:57:31 GMT -5
It resembles one of those 19th Century "ghost" photos created through double-exposure by "mediums" and "spiritualists". Frauds all of them, but I dont think this picture is a hoax. At first glance, the niche on the right seems to contain a three-dimensional figure - I felt a "Chris Matthews" tingle rising up my leg when I looked at it.
And then I looked at it again.
Nothing there. Just a combination of light, shadow, stains and smudges.
Its still a pretty amazing photo.
Actually, that tingle I felt was a globule of ectoplasm. Or maybe an aural projection of primordial spiritual energy.
It is a striking effect. The one on the right really, really looks like a statue, with a big nose and chin.
But the thing on the left looks like a statue of the ghost of a Christmas tree. Not the sort of Santo I would go downtown to look at. I began to lose confidence in the interpretation of these things as statues at that point. My ectoplasm ran off with my protoplasm.
... merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative. -- "The Mikado"