About a week ago Kate and I went to take some pictures of the famed Silver Fox bar in Hammonton. Dive Bar Widow Archetype “FOXY” lost her famous sign in a wind storm here in South Jersey. We wanted to see if we could catch some good shots before they scrapped the landmark sign. Of course when we got there the one patron was leaving and FOXY was outside chatting with her. We were nervous that FOXY may get a little excited if she saw us rummaging through the scraps of her beloved signage, and we certaily didnt want to be responsible for causing dear FOXY a stroke, so we bailed. Saddened by our lost opportunity and knack for crappy timing we decided to take some pics down at the old Ancora Psychiatric Hospital Gate. Anyone thats familiar with that spot knows the place just oozes with high school goth like possibilities. So Kate dropped me off at the front, not the front of the main hospital, this is the old gate down towards the end of the road. I took a few shots, still trying to learn the features and settings of my new camera. Nothing monumental, until I got home and looked at a few of the shots close up, and what to my wonderincg eyes should appear but a face of a lion and monkey and deer. Ok the deer was purely for rhyme control but we did see hidden in the picture what appeared to be the face of a lion and of a monkey. We verified what we saw with various family members most people said it looked like something but they couldnt see it clearly until we would point it out as an animal etc. Most everyone saw the lion.
This was pretty intriguing for me. I decided to take a closer look at them in the editing software. I downloaded them right away and started looking for more oddities. I started with the original lion photo, I tried to find the lion image again but got sidetracked by the other faces and images that started to appear before my eyes. It was truly an eerie experience, with the picture blown up 200% tracking through each frame carefully I was uncovering a paranormal cornacopia of images some of what appeared to be very old portrait photographs of Victorian Era- to Early 1900’s. When I tell you they appeared to me as photographs I tell you they were so clear to my eye i could have sketched them with pretty accurate detail even with my limited(very limited) drawing capabilites. I was also seeing colors and patterns that literally seemed to grow stronger and more vivid the longer I focused in on them. I also saw some faces that to me were extremely scary, clown faces with running black makeup, distorted skulls, and things I could only describe as demon faces. I was obsessed at this point, convinced I had found some kind of portal to the “other side”. Anyone who knows me knows Im flakey like that. Right away I started researching all I could about Winslow Twp. history and specifically the history of the hospital. Continue reading Do you see what I see?