It seems like every week, there’s another “ghost” captured in a photograph, and the media runs with it, giving credibility to these very dubious claims. I came across this story from the U.K., and found a great many things wrong with the photograph.
When Heather Sewell, 50, first saw the picture she immediately spotted the apparition, bearing a striking resemblance to her late husband Terry.
The black and white face can be seen above the church font hovering over baby Mia-Bella Kennett and the rest of the family.
The bizarre image was caught on camera at St Martin’s Church, Canterbury, Kent by Mrs Sewell’s son Jamie, 29, on his mobile phone.
It was only when the grandmother-of-two was looking through the photos online later that she spotted the familiar face beside the family.
Mrs Sewell, from Petham, Kent, said she could not believe the likeness to her late husband.
Terry Sewell, who worked as a labourer, died 17 years ago after committing suicide aged 41.
Mrs Sewell, who works as a taxi driver, said it was ‘upsetting’ to see her husband’s face.
She said: ‘ I tried to convince myself that it was not Terry – but it is so convincing that I believe it is.
‘Terry had a long face and so does the ghost and it has the same hair style as Terry had.
‘The ghost is also the same height as Terry was – about 5ft 8in.
‘I am quite a superstitious person, but I am not over-the-top.
‘I do believe there is something out there – there are too many things in the world we cannot explain.’
She added: ‘I was so shocked when I saw it, as we all were.
‘It looks very much like Terry. I know there has been no photo trickery so it is all very spooky and perhaps not what you want to see at a christening.
‘I was in the pub afterwards when I first saw the Facebook page and everyone was stunned because it’s so clear.’
St Martin’s is the oldest church in the country that is still in use for religious services, but a ghostly encounter has never been reported previously at the church.
Heather’s daughter Gemma Sewell, 27, and her partner Jamie were joined by their older daughter Jaiden, 5, and two sets of godparents for Mia-Bella Kennett’s Christening.
First of all, I have a hard time believing that nobody saw this figure in the photo before it got posted to Facebook. With or without the red circle, it’s pretty obvious that there is something in the photo. Secondly, why would the ghost be in black & white in a color photo? It almost seems as if a black &white photo was superimposed over this color one. Third, there is so little detail in this alleged ghost’s face that it could be almost anybody. It looks vaguely like a number of people I know, so I’m guessing some pareidolia/matrixing could be at play here. Lastly, the alleged ghost seems to be standing in front of the family, staring at the camera. Why wouldn’t the spirit be watching the baby instead of posing for a photograph? A little critical thinking goes a long way, folks.