April 10, 2014
Do Fairies Exist?
Most every child has some belief in supernatural beings, whether it is a monster in the closet or under the bed. Young girls especially, tend to believe in fairies. Although they have never been proven to exist, little girls have a strong conviction that they do.
To support the claims that fairies are real, recently a British professor claimed to have captured the little winged creatures while taking photographs. The Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design at MMU, John Hyatt, has provided photographs taken over a two-year period of the mystical little ones.
He told the Manchester Evening News that the pictures are legit and have not been altered in any way. Many people who have viewed these photos have stated that they change their minds in the existence of fairies.
“It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take. I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same. People can decide for themselves what they are. The message to people is to approach them with an open mind. I think it’s one of those situations where you need to believe to see. A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there’s not enough of that around,” Mr. Hyatt said.
He has placed the photographs on public display and wants people to decide for themselves. The photos will displayed at the Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park, Rossendale this spring.
“Everything gets stereotyped, whatever it is. But there are stranger things in life than fairies, and life grows everywhere. I don’t believe they are just smaller versions of us and go home and have a cup of tea at the end of the day. And one is suggesting they have any special powers. From my experience they were just enjoying themselves and there was a little dance in the sunlight going on. They are just beautiful pictures and beauty can make people believe,” he said.
He didn’t see the fairies while he was taking the photos. It wasn’t until he enlarged them that they were noticed. “I was just taking sunset through the trees and when I enlarged the photographs later in the studio, I saw these figures. They are not doctored apart from I increased the size of a detailed section of a larger photograph along with the DPI to stop them being just large pixels — normal size enhancement techniques,” he wrote in an email to the Huffington Post.
However, every claim of finding a mystical or legendary creature doesn’t come without criticism. Skeptics are insisting they are just flies, mostly likely a “midge.” Erica McLaughlin writes in her blog, “These tiny midges form mating swarms where the males will ‘dance’ around trying to attract the opposite sex. They have delicate wings and long legs which dangle down.”
Former lead investigator Ben Hansen on SyFy channel’s Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files is also a bit skeptic. “The majority of his quotes are redirecting the conversation away from the facts of the case and instead, toward a discussion on belief and magic. His motive? He clearly does what you would expect for an art and design director to do… bring ‘magic into their lives’ by appreciating the beauty of life that ‘grows everywhere,’ which in turn ‘can make people believe,’” he wrote in an email to Huffington Post.
“The foliage is all blurred together for that artsy look that really crushes the background. He says he didn’t see the fairies until later, but aside from the motion blur, they look quite in focus. It would be quite coincidental that the fairies all happened to emerge in front of the camera at the precise distance they would be in focus,” he continued.
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