Faces in the Mist: 1) Colorado Springs

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.

The luminator is a tower-shaped device that houses two fans, one above and one below a plexiglass cylinder with liquid-filled rings mounted along its internal wall. The counter-rotating fans create a vortex, like a small tornado that swirls through the cylinder. The hardware and the vortex together open a portal that (apparently) allows the subtle realities around us to interact more directly with our dense material reality.

(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.

Read more about programming crystals

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.

Joy Schilling owned the Celebration Bookstore next door to Jack Stucki’s therapy practice. When Jack and I took a picture of Joy, the face of John Denver was superimposed clearly over Joy’s face.

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.

MissyRhodes… with 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.

Jewelie’s picture clearly has 2 or 3 faces…

Lisa seems to have a man with her, peering off to our right.

Regina clearly has a spirit friend looking off to our left… and something interesting on the right as well.

This is Tana…

… and this is apparently a spirit fellow ‘visiting’ her during the Fair.

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?

- – -

(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:

1. Colorado Springs

2. New York

3. Amazement in the basement

4. Deafening silence

5. Visits from beyond

6. Afterword about fear



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8 Responses to Faces in the Mist: 1) Colorado Springs

  1. Lisa says:

    Hi Mark,

    It’s really great to see these early photos. Amazing! I was thrilled to be able to participate in your luminator workshop here in NYC, and witness the photo of a clear male spirit appear over my face, which you included in your book, Spirit Faces. Look forward to seeing more of these photos.


  2. Hi Lisa,
    Your interest and participation mean a lot to me.
    Your pictures and others from NYC will probably be the subject of my next article. We’ll see.
    All the best to you!

  3. Marri Perez says:

    Hello Mark,
    I find your photos very intriguing and have come across some from your other site. I’m especially captivated by the 1st one with Joy. Am wondering if Joy Schilling or Jack Stucki or you–knew John Denver personally? ( Perhaps it’s the location of Colorado Springs??)

    I find Missy Rhode’s image is also quite interesting- particularily in the fact that she decorates Faberge eggs. So I wonder if there is a possibility that within each person there can be a common factor for a particular image to emerge??

    I can also see Jewelie’s, Lisa’s, Regina’s images as you say.

    It was very interesting in learning how the luminator came to be. Thanks for sharing these. I look forward to any more you might be able to share!

    • Hi Marri,
      Pardon the delay in replying… I was just rereading these articles and found your comment.
      There was one woman at the Colo Springs conference who had known John Denver in lifetime… and I/we kind of expected John to show up with her… if he showed up at all.
      I suspect he chose to show up with Joy Schilling because of some kind of resonance in spiritual vibration… a compatibility of thoughts, attitudes, and feelings.
      Most important to me is the fact (to me it’s fact, to others probably speculation) that John Denver was there in spirit at the conference, participating in my ITC work. A clear indication (to me) that he was working with my ITC spirit team at the time. VERY exciting prospect for me at the time.
      Now that I’m no longer actively experimenting, I’ve bid my spirit friends ‘adieu’ as they move back to paradise… to inspire me in my writing… in a more distant, less “up-close-and-personal” kind of way. They no longer need to feel compelled to visit or hang around the dense spirit vibrations near the Earth to work with my equipment. They know how deeply grateful I am to them all for their tireless work over the years.
      God bless, Marri…..

  4. Marri Perez says:

    Hi Mark,
    Glad to hear from you!
    Busy with a new job I haven’t had a chance to catch up on your other articles yet…all of which I have SAVED til I can read them.

    I understand what you mean about the role resonance plays in our spirit contacts. Personally, I feel that when we see a recognizable spirit involved in ITC, it tends to open up public interest to the work of ITC or even the (Paranormal Field)
    and can provide access to spread information with ease and speed.

    You accomplished much with your ITC spirit team. You must feel blessed (indeed it is a blessing) to have worked with an enlightened group of spirit contacts who end up being spirit friends.

    It must also be sad to say goodbye because of the bond that was bridged between you and your spirit friends. True, in time they have to move forward in their spiritual life.

    Yet there are spirits that for several reasons cannot leave Earth.
    I saw a program which I feel needs more attention brought to its methods because a miracle occurred to a community using the power of PRAYER that had earthbound spirits.
    Mark, if any, what feelings do you have about earthbound spirits?

    I remember Dr. Konstantin Raudive and his messages sent to us, especially the means in which they were sent. Perhaps he too has moved forward…
    Sadly, I haven’t heard any more news with reference to him.

    Take care Mark and many blessings to you.

  5. Hi Marri,
    Earthbound spirits generally aren’t as happy as they could be. More confused than they should be.
    They pose problems for us on Earth (by bleeding into our consciousness), as well as for themselves.
    Ideally, there’d be efforts underway on Earth (such as the prayer group you mentioned) that would move legions of the ‘lost souls’ to the lighter realms where they belong.
    This would be a much nicer place if we cleared out the shadow world..
    Konstantin Raudive and the others at Timestream were mostly at the ’4th level’ of the astral realm, which is pretty much of a light, paradise place, but still much like Earth. They’re not what would be called earthbound.
    But yes, I’m sure he’s able to move up to higher realms when he so chooses.
    He considered it his mission to stay at the 4th level for awhile after his death, in order to participate in ITC.
    From the finer realms it’s impossible to interact in such an intimate way with people on Earth and their equipment.
    Good luck at your new job,

  6. David Ring says:

    Hello Mark,

    I also see what looks like a profile in the middle area between the two sides of the face being photographed. The profile can face either left or right it does not always go in the same direction. In some of these images it would seem that that there is an element that resembles Picasso’s cubist treatment of the human face. Has anyone noted this before?


    • Hi David,
      Yes, we’ve seen lots of spirit faces in profile superimposed over human subjects who are facing the camera.
      I haven’t heard the Picasso likeness before. Interesting. :-)

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