The Paradoxical ENTITY Photographs



I’m sure that most of you have seen the enigmatic Entity photographs many times by now?  These extraordinary 35 mm. SLR photos from The Entity investigation of 1974 depict far more than what meets the eye,

In fact, they are paradoxical in the extreme.  In the primary featured photo you see Doris Bither on her bed, sitting under what appears as a brilliant arc of light framing her below.  No one during our investigation saw anything vaguely resembling this.

What we all visually perceived at that time were large, brightly luminous, balls of lime green light rapidly flying about the corner of the bedroom where Doris sat on her bed cowering in fear at the incredible luminous display around her.

Luminous anomaly “corpuscular mass” in The Entity case, Summer 1974
















In this second photo, is an extraordinary image of luminous arc over Doris Bither’s head.  We did not visually observe this arc.  In all likelihood, the reason an arc was captured here is probably because we weren’t shooting fast enough in terms of our shutter speed and therefore the resulting image was essentially a time-lapse shot, similar to what occurs if you take a time exposure of stars at night without a moving platform…you get streaks.

But what’s really extraordinary about this particular shot is that if you look behind the arc you’ll notice that the walls meet at a 90-degree angle, which means that if this arc was a projected light source as if by hoax, it would have been bent in accordance with the wall upon which the image would have fallen.

This arc is not bent, indicating that the light source was in free space and not a projected image. In the third photograph here there are two inverted arcs present in the frame and yet Doris is not even in the frame.

When these intriguing photos were captured, the room was pitch black, illuminated only by the light emitted from the luminous anomalies we observed and photographed with our deep-red filtered strobed 35 mm. cameras.

Luminous arc framing Doris Bither, The Entity case, 1974

The high point of another particular photo session was when these lights coalesced in the corner of Doris’ bedroom forming into a large humanoid apparition that was visible to all of us, bathed in the same lime-green light.

We must have fired off well over one hundred of frames of film from different cameras and with different photographers,  yet we could not photograph it.

As you’ll read in my book, we all carefully wrote down what we saw before we spoke of it.  All twenty-five of us apparently saw exactly the same thing at the same time.

Then why couldn’t we photograph it?

Inverted arcs, not visually observed, The Entity case, Summer, 1974

Maybe because we really didn’t see it with our eyes?  Maybe we “sensed” it (a mental image not a visual one) and only thought we we visually observed it?

I know this doesn’t make a lot of sense, but if you read Chapter 2 of my book (The Real Life Entity Case), this paradoxical photographic aspect is discussed in exhaustive detail.

So does this mean that something in that environment was causing all of us to share some type of collective, telepathic hallucination?

What in the hell is that?  Contrary to what we see on TV or in films, there is no such thing as a mass hallucination, although there certainly is mass hysteria.

So, in the end, what are we seeing in these most extraordinary photographs and what is it telling us about the nature of these phenomena?

For some theoretical answers, check out my book, Aliens Above, Ghosts, Below: Explorations of the Unknown.

By Dr. Barry Taff

Dr. Barry Taff, who holds a doctorate in psychophysiology with a minor in biomedical engineering, worked as a research associate at UCLAs former parapsychology laboratory from 1969 through 1978. During his 41-year career, Dr. Taff has investigated more than 4,000 cases of ghosts, hauntings, poltergeists, and he has conducted extensive studies in telepathy and precognition which led to the development of the original protocols and methodologies for what was later coined remote-viewing. He is the author of Aliens Above, Ghosts Below.

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