Skip to comments.Crosses in the Eyes of St. Therese in 19th Century Photo
Posted on 08/13/2009 12:28:34 PM PDT by poetbdk
I have been trying to find a good explanation for the crosses in the eyes of St. Therese in this photograph of her taken in 1892. For more details and to see the photo visit my blog at http://saint-joan-of-arc.blogspot.com/ Obviously I have received many thories ranging from internet hoax to a large cross in the backround but these have all been disproven. Anyone have a valid explantion?
I’m a true believer, but I don’t think those are crosses. It seems to be simply a variation of photography’s starburst effect. I have had these artifacts appear in pictures I have taken. I didn’t do anything to create them, it has to do with the way light refracts and reflects from different surfaces and at different angles ... and wet human eyeballs are definitely reflective surfaces.
This is not that unusal a phenomenon. It is lighting flare and captured on the film. We see it tofay as ‘red eye’ the reason it tends toward a ‘cross’ or star pattern is because of the manner in which the iris of the eye works. As much as someone wants it to be special it isn’t. The photo has a light source and probably also used one of the large fill flashes of the time ( even if done out doors).
We don’t have to seek out “special” miracles they are easy to see every day all around us
I am a devotee of St. Therese of Lisieux (The Little Flower). But I think the most reasonable explanation for this is that she was looking up at a shiny bronze or brass (or gold) crucifix when the picture was taken, and the crucifix was reflected off of the cornea of her eyes.
Lamp reflecting off her eyes with something obscuring part of the light and creating a shadow.
Regardless of whether the crosses in the eyes are an artifact of the photographic method or of supernatual origin, I find this to be a striking image of a woman in light of her sainthood.
st. Therese of Lisieux was a wonderful saint, but this just seems to be a trick of the light working on the film.
I could be wrong. I’m just saying...
“The eyes are the window to the soul.”