Robert Spicer is a 31 year old artist, presently residing in Delta. A keen and
active photographer, he had been aware for quite a lengthy period that his pictures
frequently were blemished in various ways. As the cameras he used were of the
uncomplicated variety, i.e.,. aim and shoot, 35mm SLR variety, he blamed the distortions
upon either his lack of expertise, camera fault, or some processing error.
One day whilst watching TV he
saw a show depicting a Richmond, BC resident, Dorothy Izatt, who has the ability to
obtain strange results on film when using her 8 mm movie camera. It suddenly struck him
that the film patterns that were being shown were very similar, and in some instances,
identical to what he was accumulating in his album, through his own efforts.
This realization took place in 1992. Since that time Robert has paid particular
attention to the less noticeable circumstances when taking his pictures. For
example: the same results are obtained, even though he has used four different cameras.
Using various types of film made no difference. When using, for example, a roll of 36,
he might possibly obtain 12 consecutive pictures "distortions", then no more on
that roll. If he felt in a blissful state when taking photographs, then quite frequently
the light beams or "whirlpool" patterns appeared on the subsequent pictures.
He also feels that these results can be obtained in what he refers to as
"natural high energy areas".
Robert also emulates Dorothy's technique of "asking" for something to appear
on the picture, which it frequently does. It is his opinion that the pictures are
able to "awaken him to his past". As if a door was opened and he has a
sense of "knowing".
He was very recently provided
with a copy of a Polish magazine called NIEZNANY SWIAT (UNCOVER WORLD), this March 1996
issue has a seven page article entitled, "Catching the Invisible" that includes
24 excellent colour photographs taken by various individuals, at different locations, over
a period of several years. The most striking feature to the reader (myself for example),
is the astonishing degree of similarity to what Robert has been able to obtain in his own
This Polish publication therefore highlights the possibility that if this single
country can demonstrate such a large number of its citizens obtaining this strange
phenomenon, then maybe its not quite as unique as we first thought.
I shall refrain from indulging in the why's and wherefore's of the
"mechanics" surrounding this puzzling light/energy? effect. For the simple
reason I don't feel qualified to indulge in such speculation. But I should point out
that I believe Poland is firmly Catholic, therefore, does spirituality have anything to do
with all this?
I leave it for the jury to decide.
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