Years ago, I went on a weekend photo trip with a fellow photographer. We were driving down a lazy Georgia road when we spotted an abandoned country store. Excitedly, we slammed on the brakes and rushed out of the car with our gear in tow. It was just the two of us on the site - no one else in sight. We were surrounded by open empty land on all sides.
We split up and started taking photos of everything we could find. A week later, when I developed the film, I noticed something strange in one of the photos. A man's face was visible in the window pane. He had a beard, sunglasses, and a hat, and was possibly wearing a dark overcoat over a white shirt.
We were both amazed by the photo and spent a lot of time discussing who or what could have caused the image to appear. Eventually, the photo ended up in my collection of black and white photos, where it was mostly forgotten. But every now and then, I'd come across it again and wonder about the mysterious figure in the window.
With Halloween approaching, I thought it would be a good time to share the photo. It has not been altered in any way to include a ghost. It was a cloudy but warm day, so even if someone had walked up behind me, they wouldn't have been wearing a winter coat. As a photographer, I'm always aware of my surroundings.
The photo is un-retouched, and even the dust specks and scratches on the negative can be seen. While much clarity has been lost in the scanning process, the man's face is still visible in the leaning window pane. If anyone wants to examine the negative, I'd be happy to locate it. This mystery has intrigued me for many years, and I'd love to know who the man in the photo was in his living life. So, Ghost Hunters, shoot me an email.
Don't touch that photo! Copyrighted, you know?