Are fairies real? And is this photograph the proof?
That’s what Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer John Hyatt, 53, would have you believe.
John says he’s taken a series of photos, including this one, over the past 2 years to prove the mythical winged creatures do in fact exist – in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire.
He works as Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design, and insists the photos are genuine and have not been altered in any way.
“It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up. I did a double take,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same.
“People can decide for themselves what they are.
“The message to people is to approach them with an open mind. I think it’s one of those situations where you need to believe to see.
“A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives – and there’s not enough of that around.”
John will now show the photos in an exhibition called Rossendale Fairies at The Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park in Rossendale, throughout the spring.
He added: “There are stranger things in life than fairies, and life grows everywhere.
“From my experience they were just enjoying themselves and there was a little dance in the sunlight going on.
“They are just beautiful pictures and beauty can make people believe.”
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