University Lecturer Claims to Have Captured Real-Life Fairies and Has Proof
British professor John Hyatt lectures on art research at Manchester Metropolitan University, and he claims to have photographic evidence of fairies near Lancashire, U.K. He has titled his images “Rossendale Fairies,” and they can be viewed at the Whitaker Museum in Rossendale during regular hours of operation. Hyatt has written that, “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.”
Hyatt has also said that, “Many have sent me their photographs and stories of their encounters with fairies. Parents from around the world have thanked me on behalf of their children and themselves. The whole thing is more than a touch magical. I think it is entirely appropriate that the beauty of the artistic form enables people to open up their world and to see it with fresh eyes.”
Furthermore, Hyatt proclaimed that, “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.”
However, entomologist Erica McLaughlin has told the British Natural History Museum’s NaturePlus blog that these fairies are probably nothing more than a tiny species of fly called the midge: “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.”
The final blow to the fairy theory may have been delivered by former FBI special agent Ben Hansen on the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files”: “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.’”
However, Hyatt still proclaims that, “People can decide for themselves what they are but the message is to approach them with an open mind. Let the world decide for itself. It is my job, as an artist, to open people’s eyes to the wonders through which they walk every day.”
In 2009, a woman named Phyllis Bacon from South London claimed to have photographed fairies in her garden; they ended up being elaborate hoaxes that involved 16-year-olds Elsie Wright and Francis Griffiths: they drew fairies, cut them, and pasted them on cardboard.
Furthermore, their father exposed the photographs in a dark room, and once their story was accepted, they stuck to it for seven more decades.