Book: Thoughtography – The PSI photo-images of Ted Serios
Introduction of PK collection: Ted Serios was able to project photos onto a Polaroid film by thinking of them. In the process, the camera of a person was set up at a distance of approx. 60 cm, pointing towards his face and triggered by his command. When the resulting image was negative, only his face could be seen on the photos. But when it was positive, so-called “blackies” and “whities” appeared and in an ideal case, different pictures, like the one described below, could be seen.
Chapter: Pressing on
Page 54: “Again Ted tried to get positive results. At 11:10 p.m. he told us, that he was going to concentrate on Westminster Abbey again. This time he asked us to get a magazine, in an envelope, from the drawer and to hold it up in front of him. Because the flash failed during this photographie (3-9) only a blackie could be seen. Ted rested for a few minutes. He removed his socks and started to complain about headaches but he was not prepared to give up, as he had the feeling that he still could achieve something. The magazine was put back in the drawer.
Suddenly a scream came from the kitchen. Man, this is a building! Don’t you see that? – Look at it from a different angle. John entered from the kitchen with a photo from the images 4-5 which was dry now. Suddenly we could all see that it actually was a building. But I could see even more. I shouted – one moment -, opened my desk again and took out the envelope with the photograph of Westminster Abbey. I picked up the magazine a little awkwardly and opened the relevant page. I held up the magazine so that everyone could see the picture (image 9). Ted’s photograph matched a part of the Abbey’s belfry perfectly (image 10).
Big excitement! Dr. Polack, who had great difficulties in supressing his feelings that the whole thing was really childish at the time that the picture was taken, was now speechless in astonishment. The others were also taken aback – with the exception of Dr. Baker who kept staring at Ted and could hardly be persuaded to take a quick look at the wonderful photograph. I ordered grog for everyone.”
Page 56:” Personally, I believe that the risk I had taken on for this first attempt was justified by the great result. I knew that I had won the full support of four influential people who would stand firm at my side in the many future battles to come. Without any objection, the doctors Baker, Polak, Rusch and Wainwright signed their testimonies about the experimental conditions, such as condition of the cameras, insertion of the films and so on. And also about the observational conditions, such as visibility, verification possibilities and other things that might have been relevant in this context. Each of them stated, that no specific hypotheses could be made about how the image of Westminster Abbey had been produced.”