Thoughtography

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Frederick Dodson

Thoughtography is to project your thoughts onto a camera. It seems to have been more common with old polaroid cameras, I haven’t heard about modern instances.

The most well-known case is that of Theodore Judd Serios (1918-2006). Serios was allegedly able to impose his thoughts on photos taken.

Of course plenty of “debunkers” have “fact checked” and “debunked” the whole thing. So many deboooonkers in fact, that it makes me think it’s a real phenomenon (things that aren’t real don’t need an army of debooonkers to say so).

I remember instances from my childhood where my parents were puzzled over stuff in polaroid photos.
“What’s this?”, “How did this get into the photo?” “Who is this?”

An Amazon book-reviewer says this about the book on Ted Serios:

“As I got older–it has been 40 years–90 percent of my brain was ready to join the skeptics and would have if not for an incident that happened to me in the early 1970s–a freak occurrence with a Polaroid camera. My niece who came to visit from out of state was about four years old and I got the camera out of its case and decided to take a picture of her for my parents. It was black and white film and had to be fixed with a “fix stick” It was new film in the camera. In the image I shot was not only the current picture of my niece, but a less clear image of her when she was 2-3 years younger in a different outfit, tilted at a slant. Then there was another very faint image of an object that was not in the room photographed, nor anywhere else. Hmmmmmmmmmmm, I thought. Maybe there is so much we do NOT know. About auras, electrical energy, something I have also just now coined as “atomic memory.” Hey, it could happen! It was not exactly thought photography but something similar. If you get your hands on this book you will find it a great read, no matter what your opinion of the scientific possibility”.

Thank you Amazon-Reviewer, my sentiment exactly.

Related Topics:

Psychic Photography
Nengraphy
Nensha
Dicyanin Dye

Nensha is the art of “burning” images onto photographic film with one’s mind. It’s an entire field of exploration.

An early book on the subject of psychic photography is the 1896 “The New Photography” by Arthur Brunel Chatwood. Another book is the 1910 “Clairvoyance and Thoughtography” by Tokyo University professor Tomokichi Fukurai.

Some people claim that psychic photography can work via Thermography (heat-detecting photography).

Then there’s the weird claim that the U.S. military uses special goggles that can see “auras” and “the astral realm”. The glasses and goggles allegedly use a substance called dicyanin dye. A whole book on this substance was written by Walter John Kilner in 1911 titled “The Human Atmosphere – The Human Aura made visible by chemical screens”.

I haven’t read any of these books because I don’t need to. I know from experience that my attitude/thoughts while being photographed, influence the photograph. This is of course why professional photographers ask you to move around, make noise, loosen up. It therefore doesn’t surprise me that this can be taken a step further where even the contents of the photograph are altered.

There’s a literal meaning to leaving an impression.

 

 

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