Thursday, March 10, 2011

Same Picture

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I was browsing around on flickr when I found an image almost identical to one I took two years later...

October 1860

I spent quite some time flipping back and forth, comparing composition and whatnot.

I was surprised to find the picture since this is a very small cemetery out along a back road. It's just odd that two different people would go there at two different times, and take the same shot.

I mean, I know a lot of people take the same shot of things like the Statue of Liberty... but the same picture of three random tombstones in a little rural cemetery?



  1. Did you read the death dates on those three stones? Very sad.

    Jeff (the guy who took the other shot)

  2. I actually didn't... what were they?

  3. (left to right)

    Lillian A. Reed (dau. of A. M. Reed)
    died Oct. 26, 1860
    aged 6 weeks

    Emma G. Hopson (wife of John H. Hopson)
    died Oct. 18, 1860
    aged 17 years, 8 months, 26 days

    William W. Hopson (son of J & E.G. Hopson)
    died Oct. 30, 1860
    aged 6 weeks

    Last October I was interviewed by the Tecumseh Herald about ghost hunting and my interests in historical research and infrared photography (the Ghost Highway book is the culmination of this project). The article mentioned that I had recorded an EVP (electronic voice phenomenon) at Aten Cemetery. What I recorded was a mournful sounding woman saying what sounds like "hurting...hurt me". It was recorded in the same area these three stones were located and on October 31, 2008 at about 1:30 pm in the afternoon.

    I often run audio on my photography shoots and have recorded some amazingly strange this (the EVPs are at the end of the video slideshow)

  4. Wow... that is sad. I've been reading a lot lately about the 18th and 19th centuries, their quality of life, etc... and it seems like it was a sad time to be alive. Death was a constant companion.

    The EVPs on the link are very cool... I'm not sure I can clearly hear the second one, but I wasn't even looking at the computer during the first, and I thought "Sounded like he said Snyder", and when I rewinded it and listened again, I was pretty surprised!

    I actually just moved back to the county after 10 years in A2, and over the past few months I've been increasingly interested in the history, but it seems like there are so few resources that I am able to access.

    I'd love to hear more of your stories!

  5. I was also surprised by the Snyder 'EVP'....the two names I called out previous to that, James Taylor and Julia Marsh, were sitting directly next to the Snyder plot. I didn't hear the voice with my ears but it was clearly picked up on audio (what the hell???). The Snyders were Michigan pioneers from NY state, as most of southern Michigan's settlers were. You can clearly hear an east coast accent in his voice. It is one of the best anomalous voices I've ever caught in my strange photographic ramblings ;)

    I also lived in A2 for many years and moved out into the Irish Hills area...that's where I began to become fascinated with history. Southern Michigan is a fascinating place!