Bert Richards of Dundas, Ontario was never really interested in the world of the paranormal until he went on a ghost walk at Old Fort Erie about three years ago.
“Up until then I did believe in ghosts, but hadn't seen one nor did I particularly want to!” he said. However, he gathered up his nerves and his SLR camera. and went on the tour while on a first date with a woman who was a sensitive.”
Although he saw no ghosts at the Niagara Parks heritage site in Fort Erie, Ontario, he came away from that night with some very eerie pictures.
“I was hooked by the pictures that I ended up with on my camera,” he said adding that he captured more than just simple orbs. Using long exposures, he managed to get a number of photos showing strange streaks of light.
“After coming home that summer night, I was astounded at many of the pictures that I took,” said Richards. “I'm a serious photographer, and have done weddings and have worked as a photo finish technician in the horse racing industry, so I knew when I saw light behaving the way it shouldn't in many of the pictures.”
The 48-year-old, who was born in Windsor, said he had no particular religious upbringing so the existence of ghosts and a possible afterlife did not conflict with any of his previous beliefs.
“I was raised with the golden rule by pragmatic, hard-working parents,” he explained.
Richards is seems to be a down-to-earth sort of fellow not taken to flights of fancy. He is a graduate of McMaster University and is currently employed with the federal government. However, the Old Fort Erie ghost walk opened up a new and intriguing world to him.
“It opened my eyes to something that I could not have imagined,” he said adding that felt a need “to know more, gather more evidence and experience more.”
As an avid nature and aviation photographer, Richards eased easily into capturing paranormal images. Since the long exposure photography method used during his visit to Old Fort Erie proved successful, he has continued to use it in his own investigations. He has also spoken on this topic at paranormal conferences across Canada and the United States.
Richards also has an affinity to Civil War battlefields and War of 1812 locations. He is an associate member of the Motor City Ghost Hunters of Detroit, Michigan but decided to establish Beyond Ghosts Canada, an extension of Buffalo, New York’s Beyond Ghosts.