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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Eighty-five: On Tour – cruising the Mississippi from Memphis to the Gulf > Apparition, Houmas House Plantation, Darrow, Louisiana, 2012
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Apparition, Houmas House Plantation, Darrow, Louisiana, 2012

While touring the upstairs bedrooms at Houmas House, I noted a reflection forming a monstrous face on one of the headboards and made this image of it. Later, our guide mentioned this headboard, and said that many people see a ghostlike figure of a woman reflected within it at certain times of the day. I photographed what I saw, and allowed my camera to interpret the scene in its own way. The headboard resembles a tombstone, while the ornate wall hanging behind it adds a vintage context. Houmas House is well known for its ghostly atmosphere – it was featured in the Bette Davis film “Hush Hush, Sweet Charlotte.”

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Phil Douglis04-Jan-2013 22:43
As I recall, you were the one who taught me to look for hidden faces lurking within things. I must have learned my lesson well here. And tours are not awful for photographers. I was able to get into places I normally would have not been able to see, and cruising from one site to another is not a bad way to go. And we got a lot of helpful background information, much of which I would later research on-line to fill in the details and check all facts for accuracy. You are right -- I saw this creepy face lurking in the headboard long before our guide called our attention to it.
Tim May04-Jan-2013 04:20
Eerie - and you saw it even before you were told about it. (See, tours aren't so awful - look what you found)
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