Do you hide when a camera is pulled out? I know I do. But did you know that some cultures consider taking their picture taboo? They believe that the image of a person contains some of their life-force. Anyone who obtains the picture of their likeness also acquires a degree of influence over them. Photographers are known as soul-catchers. How creepy!
It’s considered reckless to be photographed with an animal, which may be a witch in disguise.
Others consider pictures good luck. Motorists often fix a photograph of their loved ones on their dashboard to protect them from accidents.
Have you destroyed a picture? It’s bad luck to destroy a picture of someone who is still alive. It could cause them harm.
It’s also considered bad luck to hang a picture on the wall and have it fall.
Have you heard about death pictures? When cameras first came out, it was considered common to take pictures of the dead to honor them. Photoalbums of the dead. Don’t believe me? Look online. These pictures give me the hebbie-gebbies! I won’t even post a picture here. Nu-uh.
I think pictures can be magical if done right. Some photos are down-right spooky. Have you seen the pictures where there appears to be another person in the image…one who was not present at the time the photo was taken? Some say ghosts, others say over developed film. What do you believe?
I’m not sure I believe any of these, but I’m sure not going to volunteer to pose for any pictures soon.