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To those that have talked to MPPIR members you will know this picture as “The Blue Man Photo”. It was taken by a guest who was gracious enough to give us permission to use it.
I can’t give out her name but I can discuss the picture.
During a ghost tour in 2010 one of the Tour goers snapped this picture on her NIKON COOLPIX L19. Now I know this is a point and click camera and does not have a lot of features to it. Its a simple store bought camera that is in wide use.
The picture was taken on the 2nd floor, near the stairs in the Outlaws and Lawmen Jail Museum. Behind the Bars you see is the stairwell leading down to the entrance are of the building. Only two photo’s of this area have had anomalous features in them.
So my skeptical mind proceeds to try and explain the picture.
Clearly there is a blue form in the photo that I would as a 25 year photographer consider to be odd. What most people first see is what looks like a blue face in the bottom of the picture. It appears to be in the stairwell facing the the photographer. Being in this building as much as I am I know for a fact there are no blue lights in that stairwell. There is one green exit sign.
I can say that if you perceive a face in a picture that looks like its in mist or some other object that it should not be in then one has to consider the possibility of your own mind playing a trick on you. Well call this trick paredoilia or matrixing. So the only thing I see odd about the picture is the blue light. You see I didn’t know where it came from. The light in the stairwell during the session is a green light from the exit sign.
I went back and looked through my reference pictures of our set up and the pictures I took of this area.
The first reference photo show the top of the stairs. Note the wall on the right. Metallic, therefore reflective of light. Also note the rivets in the wall. There is also no door at the top of the stairs. The photographer would have been standing on the left behind the bars.
This picture actually shows a typical DVR camera setup we use on the 2nd floor. If you look to the far left down the hall you will see in the darkness a tripod with a DVR camera on it. At its base I found my solution. There is a motion detector! We use motion detectors with our DVR cameras. The motion detectors light up with a BLUE light.
The picture is an optical illusion. You see what looks like a face suspended in the stairwell right behind the bars.. Remember though the camera takes the 3d world and makes it 2d. The rivets give this one away. They are from the wall across from the photographer. Because a picture is a flat image of a 3d world and the way your mind works you don’t notice the wall behind. Its dark and out of the way. Also notice how the camera lens bends the bars. This only adds to the illusion. The flash on the camera lighting up the front of the picture does not help your with brain figuring out what it is looking at. You end up perceiving a face that is just on the other side of the bars in the stairwell. What you see though is the blue light from the motion detector reflecting off the metallic gray wall. Your mind just makes you think its a face in the stairwell.
I have to rule this picture out as paranormal.