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Written by Tony Hart-Wilden   
Wednesday, 12 October 2005

 



 

 

 


There is no us. About me, I'm from Winchester, Hampshire, one of the most haunted towns in southern England. I have also lived in London, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York and have travelled throughout the United States, England and Europe for over twenty years investigating the paranormal. I first became interested in the subject growing up in a haunted house, and have always gone out of my way in the pursuit of the strange or mysterious. I choose to explore alone. I am a paranormal adventurer, I both investigate and explore.

There is a general opinion that if you believe in some aspects of what is referred to as the paranormal but not in others, then you are a close minded sceptic. This is not the case. It simply means that you have considered both sides of an explanation, and made an informed decision that didn't conform to that which is generally accepted. An informed decision is not the same as coming to a conclusion merly in order to comply with the opinions of everyone else. Research into the paranormal is not about if it exists, it's about if it exists or not. Correct scientific methodology is not to prove or disprove a haunting, but to collect and assess evidence in order to create a testable hypothesis.

Paranormal investigation should have no spiritual agenda, demons don't exist except in the minds of those that created them. Exorcisms and protection rituals are just psychological tools. If there is life after death, it is a biological process not a metaphysical one. When it comes to paranormal research, we are not "all on the same side", so why pretend otherwise.

I believe that in order for research to move forward we also need to actively seek to dispel some of the myths and misinformation that have become an accepted part of it, not remain neutral on the subject merely to appease people. E.M.F meters or digital thermometers are not ghost detectors. They have a purpose only if the readings can be linked to the appearance of an apparition. Independently they have little value. The amount of equipment you have is irrelevant if you donít know how to use it or interpret the results.

Paranormal investigation is not just about the destination it's about how you get there. If your journey involves TV psychics, Orbs, Ouija boards, retro fitted E.V.Ps, and pictures and videos of meaningless shapes that you consider to be ghosts, then you will get there a lot sooner. However, I don't consider this as evidence, and this site won't be taking these or any other paranormal short cuts in order to cater to peoples false expectations. If you don't think outside the "paranormal box", it will become a coffin.

The vast majority of "ghost" pictures are as a result of the completely unfounded theory that ghosts only come out at night and the lack of knowledge as to what can cause photographic anomalies under these conditions. But most of all it's people's willingness to accept almost any photograph as paranormal provided it was taken at somewhere supposedly haunted. The reality is there are just a handful of legitimate ghost photographs in existence, and the chances of getting another one is extremely difficult, although certainly not impossible. Instead of being disappointed by the lack of "ghost photographs" on this site it would be more constructive to question why other people think that pictures of orbs, mists, or streaks of light are paranormal at all, and where the evidence is to support such claims. Belief may not be proof, but belief without evidence is delusion.

The quest for credible evidence

My journey is one of attempting to capture a full apparition on digital film or video, as a result it may take a lot longer and perhaps it is one I will never complete. In the meantime you will get photographs, videos and trip reports along the way as I continue my international pursuit of the strange, mysterious and the unexplained. 

 

 

"When you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however

improbable, must be the truth"

 

 

Investigation isn't about accommodating ever theory or incident, no matter how weak or questionable it is so that you have more evidence; it's about dismissing it, until the remaining evidence is only the most credible even if as a result you have nothing. Genuine paranormal phenomena are extremely rare, crying wolf with evidence that isnít genuine, simply undermines your credibility in the event that you do obtain what could be considered legitimate proof. The views of this site aren't dependent on those of the rest of the paranormal community and in order to remain truly independent, the site will never affiliate with anyone, or become part of any umbrella organizations or groups. I donít believe in paranormal unity, but in paranormal individuality, where respect has to be earned, not granted without question. Paranormal celebrity's don't impress me, and neither do the people that kiss their arse, because of their fame, not their abilty.

The term paranormal means: "Beyond the scope of normal objective investigation or explanation". By definition this covers a very wide range of subjects and I don't feel bound to just one standard interpretation of the word, but will deal with as many of these subjects as possible. To chase means to pursue, midnight is a time associated with the paranormal and mysterious. Chasing Midnight refers to the pursuit of the paranormal.

 

It's all about the chase.  

Tony Hart-Wilden

 
E mail  info@chasingmidnight.com

 
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