In the coming weeks I plan to publish dozens of strange and intriguing photos I captured over a 12-year period. The pictures were made possible by combining Polaroid (instant photograph) technology with a subtle energy device called a “luminator.”
I bought a luminator from Michigan inventor Patrick Richards in 1999 and took thousands of pictures over the years… until 2010, after Polaroid stopped making its popular 600 film. I had friends, family, and clients pose in my lab, and I hauled the luminator around the country, taking pictures at conferences and seminars.
(Note: You can click on any of these pictures to see it larger in greater detail)
The rings in the cylinder contain a water-based liquid that inventor Richards programmed with intention as he designed each luminator… the way one can program a crystal.
The photos hint at the illusory nature of our physical world, which seems so solid and real to us… trapped as we are in the five senses. Somehow the luminator helps to break down the illusion, to give us a glimpse of the subtle realms that flourish beneath the surface of our dense reality.
Basically I would photograph a subject while the luminator was whirring nearby, and as the picture developed over several minutes, strange anomalies would usually begin to appear.
Sometimes the photos were “normal,” showing the subject clearly. But more often than not, the developed picture would be hazy, with strange light streaks and other anomalies. Sometimes unusual faces emerged from the mist… and those were the pictures of greatest interest to me, as an afterlife researcher.
My all-time favorite shows the spirit of late singer John Denver clearly in the picture.
I was invited to share my ITC research at the Celebration Metaphysical Fair on April 20, 2002, in Colorado Springs, and it was a good opportunity for something miraculous to happen because there would be two luminators present.
My friend and colleague Jack Stucki was a therapist who used a luminator in his practice in Colorado Springs. In fact, it was the spirit faces caught on Polaroid film in the course of Jack’s therapy sessions with clients that first grabbed my attention and compelled me to acquire a luminator for my own use back in 1999.
Jack joined me during the workshop that chilly day in 2002, and we put both luminators on stage, creating a powerful field of subtle energy. We took pictures of all the participants… and those are the focus of this opening article.
Also at the Celebration Fair we took a picture of Missy Rhodes, a pretty woman who (along with husband Terry) raises horses in Colorado, and whose hobbies include decorating eggs (think Fabergé eggs, not Easter eggs). When Missy’s picture developed we could only see the edge of her face (on the right), The left side was replaced by a face that I think, after a decade of pondering on that picture, belongs to the famous opera singer Marian Anderson.
Here are some of the other photos taken during the Fair in 2002. I decided the best way to present them is post them with a very brief description. I’m including a cropped portion of each original Polaroid, along with a light-enhanced version. As you study them you might be compelled to offer your thoughts and insights in the Comments section below. A discussion about these photos would be by far the best way to present them.
When the series is complete, my plan is to assemble them into another e-book, along with readers’ comments.
There were other pictures taken at the Fair that day in Colorado Springs, but these were among the most interesting.
What do you think? Spooky? Intriguing? Ho-hum? Insightful? Mind-boggling? Unbelievable?
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(A big THANK YOU…
… to all of my photo subjects who took part in these experiments and were glad to share the results through my research.
… to the spirit team working with me through the years to build a communication bridge between our worlds… especially those later years (1999-2010) as we produced many hundreds of these photos. - – MM)
The Faces in the Mist series: