Exhibition of “real” fairy photos

Well they are very pretty… bugs.

Fairies John Hyatt Rossendale Valley: University professor says he has photographed mystery winged creatures

[…]Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer John Hyatt claims he now has proof the creatures are real and are residing in the Rossendale Valley.

John Hyatt, Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at Manchester Metropolitan University snapped images of what he claims are the tiny winged creatures whilst out photographing the Lancashire landscape over the last two years.

And he has now put his photographs on display at a special exhibition.

John, 53, who was a member of the Three Johns punk band in the 1980s and 1990s insists his photos are genuine and have not been altered in any way.

The exhibition, called Rossendale Fairies, will be on show at The Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park in Rossendale, throughout the spring.

He says they are not altered and not bugs. We’re supposed to believe they are tiny living human-like creatures? From just these pictures? That’s quite the stretch, Mr. Hyatt. Funny how these pictures are going to an art exhibit and not to scientists and photo experts to determine the validity of the creatures, if they are in fact real. Or that you haven’t found bodies or anything that looks less like insects. This instead looks exactly like hype and attention seeking to their exhibit. Hyatt notes he wants to “bring a bit of magic into their lives”. Yeah that’s not suspicious at all!

As we know with making obviously fictional mermaids purportedly real, people will believe this stuff. There is nothing wrong with the fairy exhibit but there is something yucky about calling it “proof”.

Photo credit: John Hyatt

Photo credit: John Hyatt

The story of the Cottingly Fairies. Note: they were not real either.

  6 comments for “Exhibition of “real” fairy photos

  1. April 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    The weird thing is that they look exactly like “tiny winged creatures” and bear an uncanny resemblance to flying bugs.

  2. Rich
    April 4, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    They look a lot like mayfly to me.


    So, yes, it’s entirely possible that they are genuine and unaltered photographs.

  3. Brian
    April 4, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Sounds like hype for the exhibit.

  4. April 4, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    In case you haven’t heard of this, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was once taken in by hoaxed fairy photos: http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/photo_database/image/the_cottingley_fairies/

  5. Woody
    April 5, 2014 at 5:28 AM

    Funny you mention the Cottingly Fairies.
    Bad sequels and re-makes, just like spending too much time at the movies.

  6. Gustavo Morejón
    April 5, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Taking a closer look at the pictures, which a not so clear, I remember a photograph that I captured last year in the Ecuadorian rainforest and looks the same. It belongs to an insect called Pseudococcidae and, in fact, this insect is called “the fairy of the forests” in the Ecuadorian rainforest. You can see my picture here : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152362011594108&set=a.10150732856529108.456997.713419107&type=1

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