Description: If three people are photographed together, the one in the middle will die first.
Origin: 19th Century Europe and North America.
Superstition about photographs parallels ancient superstitions about the reflections in mirrors, and indeed a photographic image is the result of a kind of reflection. In its early days of photography it was feared a camera might cause death or illness, or even trap part of a soul inside it. Photographs were thought to have supernatural powers, and witches could cast spells on people they saw in such images. In 19th-century Japan it was said that being photographed once shortened one's shadow, and a second photograph shortened one's life.
The problem of photographing
triplets is who to put in the middle . . .
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
and Tom Metcalfe (Website:
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