‘Childhood Poltergeist Victim’

Last year I was contacted by a photographer called Thom Atkinson who had started a portraiture project of people who had had some contact with the weird and/or spooky. He’d already photographed a woman who had survived a strike by lightning, for example. He was looking for other ‘experiencers’ to photograph.  I came up with a couple of suggestions, including Jon Downes of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, whom he also photographed, and also mentioned my own experiences with a poltergeist when I was a kid. Suddenly I found myself part of his roster!

Thom came all the way up from London for a day to take some photos of me in my house in North Wales, surrounded by ghost books. The idea, I think, is to imply how my childhood experience inspired my interest in the supernatural. All the images in the portfolio have this aspect: the lady who was struck by lightning, for example, has becaome fascinated by weather and she is photographed, if I remember correctly, with a ceiling in her house which she has painted with a stormy sky.

The photos – or some of them – are set to be displayed as a gallery on a national newspaper’s website. I’m not sure mine will necessarily be chosen. The caption simply states ‘Richard – Childhood Poltergeist Victim’. A bit dramatic but not unreasonable in that the invisible thingy did scare and hassle me somewhat. It’s a nice picture. I look all wistful and pensive – or perhaps just a bit of a loony. But that’s not unreasonable either.

Thom is a very likeable and charming bloke, by the way. To see more of his work visit: www.thomatkinson.com The photo is © Thom Atkinson

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About UncannyUK

I am the editor of Uncanny UK (www.uncannyuk.com), a website devoted to British ghosts and folklore. I am the former editor of Paranormal Magazine and the author five books on Welsh folklore. Just launched Apparition Developments, first product of which is Ghost Finder London - an app plotting 300 haunted sites in London for iPhone. I'm a highly experienced journalist and corporate copywriter. I'm an enthusiast on the subjects of UK folklore, the supernatural and antiquities and am fond of old horror and sci-fi movies, cult TV such as Dr Who and I collect Victorian/Edwardian magazines. I also enjoy weird art and macabre literature by the likes of M R James, E F Benson, Algernon Blackwood, W Hope-Hodgson, H P Lovecraft etc. I live in North Wales, which is a very spooky place.
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