Seeing Ghosts

I was in London on Halloween on a back street just off the side of Regent Street – one of the capital’s busiest shopping streets. I noticed an old building with windows to match – every pane of glass seemed different – and my eye for design saw a potential picture.

I was just about to take an image when four ghostly shadows crept into the image from the left. I froze, jaw dropped. I was late for lunch and hadn’t even had time for my mid-morning shot of caffeine. Was I hypoglycaemic and seeing things? I blinked and looked again – they were still there. Four ghostly figures were edging across the building, pausing now and again. I started shooting. Opportunities to record the supernatural don’t happen very often.

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Serendipity strikes again. If I’d been looking the other way. If I hadn’t turned right at that last corner. If I hadn’t stopped to photograph those two girls outside the biggest toy shop in London. If I hadn’t decided to walk from Charing Cross to Oxford Circus. If, if, if. If I’d been a minute earlier, a minute later, I would have missed this. Of all the days in the year to see this – it had to be Halloween. Some stories you just can’t make up.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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29 Responses to Seeing Ghosts

  1. suej says:

    Love this! The windows are incredible….can I ask what street it’s in?

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Sue. Yes, it was originally the windows that caught my attention. I’m sorry I can’t identify the street – I have a habit of wandering off into the back streets and it is often very surprising how there can be rather run-down properties just a stone’s throw from the main streets.

  2. Fantastic capture Andy!!! Is this for real? What made the shadows? I’m intrigued now 🙂

  3. Chillbrook says:

    The second from the left looks like the ghost of ET to me Andy.. Fabulous capture!

  4. poppytump says:

    Capturing ghosts wow … not everyone can say they’ve done that Andy 🙂
    Great shadowy moment you’ve shared !

  5. I love this Andy. Great shot.

  6. oneowner says:

    It’s a great story. And a great shot, too!

  7. mark says:

    Just a wonderful opportunity captured.

  8. shoreacres says:

    Now I’m hearing the theme song for that television oldie but goodie, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” There’s a difference between true suspense and the over-the-top effects of today’s violence and gore. This does communicate the scariness and mystery of Halloween, beautifully.

    Now, just think what it would have been like to see these shadows passing across your ghostly trees.

    • LensScaper says:

      ‘Subtle’ wins every day over the hype we seem to have to endure these days, I agree, Linda. This was such a treat – sometimes you really can’t write the script.

  9. Len says:

    Great find Andy. It always pays to look around (and have a camera on hand).

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Ken. There is always a camera in my hand when I walk around London, and I’m always looking. Usually not at the traffic, but so far I haven’t been run down – just honked at a few times!

  10. Lignum Draco says:

    Great shot. And timing is everything, regardless of whether it is planned or fortuitous.

  11. What amazing timing. And I applaud your ability to recognize the opportunity and exploit it beautifully.

  12. We’re glad to see you didn’t die of fright but lived to tell the tale.

  13. Jim Nix says:

    ha! very cool Andy!

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