Let’s talk about spooks! The other night I went to see La Vie En Rose, a film about the life of legendary French singer Edith Piaf, at the beautiful old Tampa Theatre which is supposedly haunted. Read the ghost story here. If you’re ever in the Tampa Bay area, a visit to this theater is a must. It has a delightful macabre elegance that must be experienced first hand plus they play a lot of cool art house films, old horror classics and so on.
During the film, I slipped away for a bathroom break and was so taken by the atmosphere of the theater and the fact that the halls and lobby were empty that I decided to take some photos. I lost myself for good 10 minutes before I realized I was missing the film (which was excellent, btw.) I blame the hard cider. 😛 Anyway, I shot mostly close ups of old tapestries, statues, etc. but took one photo from the second floor overlooking part of the lobby. Later that evening I uploaded the images and found I had captured some orbs in that shot.
If you ever watch any shows on paranormal research you’ll know what I’m talking about: little circles of light that weren’t visible when you shot the picture. I believe in spirits and ghosts and such and have personal reasons to, but I’m still a skeptic too and had never put much stock in those ‘orb photos’. It would be very easy to fake and it’s just a little spot of light that could easily be anything. However, I take a lot of digital photos all the time and I have never had one of these orbs show up before and if the skeptics are right and it’s just dust then why don’t they show up more frequently? I have to admit to finding it interesting that the one time I get one of these abnormalities on a photograph happens to be on a photo I took in a place that is believed to be haunted.
I’m not sure what i make of it but I do think it’s neat and thought you might like to see so I’ll post the photo below, as well as a close up of the most visible orb ( I’ve become fond of this little blip of light and am calling it Bumbel. :P) While we’re on the subject, I have to say that as for paranormal investigators those TAPS roto rooter guys rock. (Ghost Hunters – Sci fi channel) I love that they take a serious approach to it and are more than happy to disprove stuff rather than act like a bunch of twits screaming OMG did you hear that and pretending something is happening when it’s not. The British Most Haunted show is a freaking joke. I’ll cut that rant off right there because it’s irrelevant.
So, I did a bit of research and found that a Tampa Bay paranormal team (S.P.I.R.I.T.S.) has been out to the theater a few times and you can see some images with orbs on their website here. I don’t know a thing about this group like how serious they are or what sort of approach they take, but that one photo called “Cindy’s picture” sure looks a lot like my orb. It’s even in the same location of the lobby.
I’m thinking another trip to Tampa Theatre is in order. I think they do tours. I’m curious to see if I took more photos the same thing would happen or it was just a fluke. Maybe I can bring a recorder while I’m at it and try to capture some E.V.P. Weeee!