A little late on this story, but a University lecturer has claimed to have photographed real life fairies in the British countryside.
John Hyatt came forward last month to share a series of photos which he took in Rossendale Valley, Lancashire. According to media sources, Hyatt was documenting the landscape when he happened to capture images of small, winged creatures.
What do you think — are these simple insects caught in a reflection of light, or could they really be the mythical “fairies” of English folklore?
It’s only appropriate that such photos would come from Britain — a country celebrated for its long history of fairy tales dating back thousands of years.
Hyatt insists that no special effects or trickery were used to produced the tiny, flying figures. So… what are they? Could there be an element of truth to all those myths that have somehow survived through countless generations?
Of course, photographs of alleged fairies are nothing new. Arguably the most famous are the “Cottingley Fairies.” In 1917 and 1920, two young girls produced five images showing cardboard cutouts of traditional, Victorian-style fairies.
Although the pictures wouldn’t fool anyone today, photographic technology was still very new at the time. Some fell for the hoax — including, infamously, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created legendary detective Sherlock Holmes.
Are the Hyatt photos the modern version of cardboard cutouts?
Then again… maybe not.