Category: Weird Articles
Published on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 00:00
University lecturer John Hyatt is claiming to have photographed tiny fairies that resemble Tinkerbell from Peter Pan flying through the air in the British countryside.
The 53 year-old man says that his series of photos which were taken over the past two year prove that these mythical beings do exist in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. Hyatt, who is the Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at Manchester Metropolitan University insists that his photos are genuine and have not been doctored in any way.
He has since put his photographs depicting the illuminated winged creatures up on display at a special exhibition.
Hyatt who used to be a member of the Three Johns punk rock band back in the 1980s and 1990s, says that adults who have seen his photos are starting to question their own beliefs and are harboring ideas that they may indeed be real.
Hyatt claims that intially he had no clue he was photographing these mini humanoid-shaped creatures. He so happened to have captured a few photos outside and said that he was taken aback when he enlarged the photos.
“'It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take,” he says.
“I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same.”
“'People can decide for themselves what they are. The message to people is to approach them with an open mind. I think it’s one of those situations where you need to believe to see,” Hyatt states. “A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there’s not enough of that around.”
Hyatt has posted some of his images on social media and says it has resulted in much online debate.
The exhibition titled Rossendale Fairies is on show at the Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park in Rossendale and will be there throughout the spring.
Hyatt says that the name of the exhibition is inspired from the famous story of the Cottingley fairies where two schoolgirls in Bradford were shown in photographs posing with fairies in their garden, it was only about 60 years after the photographs were taken that they admitted the fairies were fake and were simply cardboard cut-outs.
However, Hyatt hopes that his images will actually convince people that fairies really do exist in reality.
“Everything gets stereotyped, whatever it is. But there are stranger things in life than fairies, and life grows everywhere,” he remarked thoughtfully.
“I don’t believe they are just smaller versions of us and go home and have a cup of tea at the end of the day. And one is suggesting they have any special powers,” he said. “From my experience they were just enjoying themselves and there was a little dance in the sunlight going on. They are just beautiful pictures and beauty can make people believe.”
Well you know what Peter Pan says, “All you need is FAITH and TRUST, and a little bit of PIXIE DUST!”