Have you heard about the Bralorne Time Traveler? Please take a look at the photo accompanying this article. Do you notice someone out of place in this photo? Look closely and you will see a tall man, wearing what looks like modern sunglasses, clothes, and camera, and it looks as if his arms are the arms from the man behind him.
This photo is getting a lot of attention on the internet, as it has gone completely viral and has received over one million hits!!! People are so fascinated with this photo because they believe the man in the photo is a real time traveler and they go to extreme lengths to disprove that the photo has not been digitally altered via Photoshop. There are several websites and blogs dedicated to analyzing every detail in this photo to see whether or not it has been Photoshopped.
Could it be a real time traveler? Or could it be that someone Photoshopped this man into the picture? Or could it be that the man is just not dressed like the others and is out of place? Well the answer seems to be a mystery to everyone around the world and to us at the Bralorne Pioneer Museum.
The Bralorne Time Traveler is a photo known to the museum as "The Reopening of the South Forks Bridge in 1941". This photo is part of the Community Memories exhibit called the Virtual Museum. When I started at the museum in May, there were about 500 emails sent to me from the Virtual Museum regarding this particular photo. The emails that were sent to me are quite fun to read, here are a few:
"What's the deal with this picture? One of the people in the photo seems really out of place"; "One of your pictures has been tampered with"; "I believe we have caught a time traveler"; "Why is there a time traveler in this photo?"; "Can this photo be made into poster size? I think it is amazing"; "I'm a journalist from TV3 New Zealand and have an enquiry about one of your photos"
I have received phone calls as well. A professor from Florida told me he knows for certain that his photo is Photoshopped and has used technology to determine this. Also a man in Houston, Texas wanted to buy the copyright to the photo because he believed he can make a fortune on it. As well, he wants to blow this photo up and hang it on the wall next to his dining room table! I have also received emails from media all over the world wanting information on this photo. One person has even claimed to be the time traveler and has sent me photos to prove it!
Also, textbook companies and magazines would like to use the photo, however we do not have the original photoso where is the original photo? Well, the museum does not have this photo. We only have a scanned copy of this photo on our computer as this photo was loaned to us; however we are not sure who loaned us this photo. I am 99% certain that this image has not Photoshopped.
So if you have any information regarding this photo or the man in this photo it would be highly appreciated! Please contact me at the museum!