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Seeing Things : Ghost Polaroids

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I spent last Halloween on a sort of ad hoc art crawl. Our first stop was John Matkowsky's dkrm Gallery, located in the Capitol Studios Building in Glassell Park. This cool old building is also home to Another year in LA and Shotgun Space so you can hit more than one opening at a time. We mostly hung out in the gallery, chatting with other people there. It was a nice place, and could probably handle some pretty big parties.

The exhibit was a collection of Polaroids taken of ghostly forms and messages that appeared only on film in a Los Angeles home. I naturally expected the photographs to be a hoax. I believe in ghosts, monsters in my closet, Buddha and God at 4am when I hear a bump in the night. But otherwise, I'm a natural-born skeptic.

I spent the entire time in the gallery rolling my eyes and loudly debunking the "ghostly" writing on some of the Polaroids. The writing was just too clear. It is so easy to manipulate a wet Polaroid. You can write on them while you wait for them to develop. The ones that were a little creepier were the photos with smoky, ectoplasmic blobs. I was impressed by the sheer dedication of the work as an art project. Even if they were fakes, they were interesting, and my friend found some of the ghostly responses beautiful and profound. Q: What does the universe want from me? Ghostly Response: Just Listen.

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