Wedding pic and scenic snapshot “ghost” photobombs

Two photographs circulating in the media today are purported to show mysterious figures that were not seen when the photo was taken. One is a spooky face in a wedding portrait and another is a case of phantom boots behind a little girl. What do you think is going on here?

Bride, groom and ghost? Mystery figure appears in wedding photo | Fox 59.

Kevin Matthew Dennis uploaded the photo of he and his wife on their wedding day to reddit. The photo seems to show a ghostly face in between them.

Kevin said in the Reddit post, “Me and my wife’s favorite wedding photo… Until we saw what was between us… We still don’t know who it was.”

Look in the space between their chins.

Look in the space between their chins.

We’re left wondering if the photo was cropped or just taken this way. There looks to be someone behind the bride’s outside shoulder. So this could be someone holding a baby who peeked through the middle. But a surprise that could be interpreted by some as the “spawn of Satan” is too good not to share with the Internet. Glad this couple were good sports. It’s a hoot.

The second photo put boots on the ground behind a 2014 picture of a girl on a scenic beach overlook.

‘Samurai Ghost’: Photo Shows Mysterious Boots Behind Girl – ABC News.

Springall said the photo of his 4 yr old daughter was taken on July 6, 2014. There was no one behind her.

“I took a few pictures, and when I was looking through them at night, I noticed what appeared to be a pair of boots behind her in one of the photos,” he said. “I took several of her in the same spot, but only one had the boots.”

Photo: Martin Springall

Photo: Martin Springall

Other photos are taken at a slightly different location so it’s hard to tell if there was something in the background that could account for the “boots”. They have been interpreted as “Samurai” boots because a graveyard is said to be nearby, or a ghost of a WW2 soldier. The idea that the black objects at the edge are boots is not confirmed since much of them are hidden. Our brain fills in the rest. [Addition] But check out this Daily Mail piece that has a close up of the boots and highlights the blue fabric just below her left elbow. This suggests there indeed was a person behind her.

All of ghostly speculation is typical but unsupported as well. It would be difficult (perhaps impossible) to recreate the incident and figure it out now since much has likely changed. The article contains no information that can confirm the speculation surrounding the photo. Such stories typically do not. We are left with a “oooh, neat” moment that gets passed around the web and people simply accept the extraordinary claim that such photos are paranormal, because it’s fun.

  16 comments for “Wedding pic and scenic snapshot “ghost” photobombs

  1. Lagaya1
    April 24, 2015 at 2:33 PM

    It’s not just boots. There’s also a bit of blue (sleeve?) under her left arm. Some child is standing behind her.

  2. MisterNeutron
    April 24, 2015 at 5:48 PM

    Re: the wedding photo. Without being able to see the site, I can’t be certain. But one word comes immediately to mind: pareidolia.

    And Lagaya1 is spot on regarding the “boots” shot. That one’s pretty straightforward.

  3. Stephanie
    April 24, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    As a photographer I know all to well how when you are taking pictures, you become so focused on what you are getting a picture of, that you do not notice the things going on around you. Photographers have literally been hit by traffic or trains because they get so focused on getting the shot. So it is not the slightest bit surprising to hear someone looked at a picture later and didn’t remember someone else being there.

    The wedding snapshot looks to me like wrinkled clothes on a person behind them, my immediate feeling was someone ducking out of the way to try and stay out of the shot.

    The little girl pic just doesn’t give us much to look at. It could be a person, or a shape in the rugged rocks behind her. I can’t even tell how far back it is from the little hummock she is standing on, to the cliff that the boots appear to be perched on. She is very small, so if it is a person, and the cliff is very close, it would have to be a very small person. Only the parents would know if there was another child playing on the rocks.

    Neither of these are very convincing proof of ghosts.

  4. TheEnigma
    April 24, 2015 at 7:42 PM

    I agree with Stephanie. The first thing that came to mind on the wedding pic was a piece of clothing fluttering in the breeze. In the second it appears to be rocks.

  5. Kitty
    April 24, 2015 at 8:25 PM

    As someone that was photographed, and now have to tell people “no that’s not a ghost, it was ME!” it is so easy to accidentally take a ghost photograph! Travis Roy gets credit for the photo…. but my wearing black pants helped a lot with the ghostly image.

  6. Lagaya1
    April 24, 2015 at 11:23 PM

    In the wedding photo, I’m curious why his right shoulder is not pinstriped like the rest of his suit. Anyone have a guess?

  7. rand
    April 25, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    re: the wedding photo

    no way is there anything that looks remotely like a person between them, deceased or otherwise. It clearly a couple strands of the woman`s hair

  8. Rook
    April 25, 2015 at 4:32 AM

    The wedding portrait appears to have been touched up by the photographer in post production editing (the bride’s face seems to have been smoothed out to some extent), which is what wedding photographers routinely do to enhance their product – diminish skin blemishes, add highlights, improve shadows, etc. Certainly, the mysterious face must have been noticed during this editing. Or perhaps the photographer simply inserted the face as a sinister joke?

  9. Rich
    April 25, 2015 at 5:57 AM

    There appears to be some ginger hair, not the bride’s, just behind the bride’s shoulder, too, as if someone was ducking behind them.

    Also, I don’t know about ‘samurai shoes’, but they look very like black high top sneakers with trousers tucked into the tops. If it’s a ghost it’s a very hip one.

    http://images.shoprw.com/fashionablyyours/RIP-OFF-Black-Leather-Type-One-High-Top-Sneakers—43_72220A.jpg

  10. H.K. Fauskanger
    April 25, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Was Gollum invited to the wedding? That would explain a lot.

  11. MisterNeutron
    April 25, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    You’re looking in the wrong place. Look lower, below the strands of hair.

  12. Sawdust Sam
    April 25, 2015 at 12:36 PM

    His right shoulder shows no distinct stripes because it is out of focus.

  13. Lagaya1
    April 25, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    That thick strand of hair that makes the nose of the “ghost” could also be the bride’s hair. In another wedding photo it shows that her hair was worn down, even though it doesn’t look like it in the picture in question.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153243662396617&set=a.10150731614361617.460316.642986616&type=1&theater

  14. Artor
    April 26, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    We have only the word of the posters that “there was nobody behind them.” In the wedding photo, it’s obvious that yes, someone was indeed behind them, photobombing the picture. Likewise, if that is a person behind the girl on the rocks, then yes, there was someone behind her. The likely explanation is not that there are ghosts but that there are unobservant photographers, or just plain liars in the world. We already know this to be a fact, so why do people jump at the “ghost” non-explanation?

  15. Artor
    April 26, 2015 at 1:59 PM

    Or it could be what it obviously is- the face of someone photobombing the pic.

  16. Russian Skeptic
    April 28, 2015 at 2:39 AM

    This is just what I wanted to say. There is indeed a face in the wedding photo (I am not convinced that it is pareidolia), but there absolutely no reason to believe it is ghostly. It does not even look blurred or immaterial. There ARE normally lots of folks around newly-wed couples and they often do silly things, like making faces behind your back – especially when drunk.
    And there is no reason to believe that the person wearing the boots is other than flesh-and-blood. Yes, the photos are funny, but it is a poor idea to sell them as ghost photos.

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