Ever since the invention of the camera, well over a century ago, people have been obsessed with taking as many pictures as they possibly could. And over the years, there have been countless photos captured that defy any and all explanation.
These are pictures that have been reviewed by experts who haven’t been able to reliably explain what’s going on in the image, and many of these have become incredibly famous within the public sphere. With that in mind, these are some of the most mysterious pictures of all time.
The Hanging Ghost
This is a strange picture that consists of a family of four – the Coopers – sitting at their dining table of their new home. But anyone that views the image will quickly see a fifth person; a dark figure that’s hanging upside down from the top of the ceiling. There have been numerous attempts at explaining what’s going on in the image, with some believing that it’s a double exposure from a different photo and the two became mixed together, but to this day it remains a mystery.
The Solway Firth Spaceman
This is an image that has circulated through public circles for decades, but there have been no concrete explanations offered as to its origins. It’s a picture taken by a man named Jim Templeton of his daughter, and right behind her is a man wearing some kind of spacesuit.
Templeton and his daughter remain adamant that there was no one with them at the time, and Templeton says that he did not see anyone in the background when he took the photo. The picture has even been thoroughly examined by experts, all of which have concluded that it was not tampered with.
The Tank Man
While the story behind the Tank Man isn’t so much a mystery in itself, it’s what happened to the titular character that has baffled historians to this day, as well as what his identity was. After the picture was taken, witnesses stated that he was taken away by a number of officials.
It’s believed that he had been intercepted by the government and then taken away and never heard from again. Whatever the case may be, he remains an icon both in China and the rest of the world, and the photo itself has become one of the most recognisable of all time, used in media from video games to magazines to Canadian casino bonuses.
This is a mystery that remains unsolved to this day, and concerns a young woman named Elisa Lam. The images in question are of her in an elevator, and it’s clear that she’s attempting to hide from somebody that’s presumably trying to find her. Lam disappeared, and a few days later her body was discovered in a water tank on top of the building.
Who she was running from and how she ended up in the water tank has yet to be solved, especially considering that the water tank itself was extremely high and was sealed when she was eventually discovered.