A Mississippi cemetery set up a game camera to catch vandals. Instead, staff caught a local man naked and indulging in a bizarre hobby.
When a cemetery in Picayune, Mississippi, set up game cameras to capture grave vandals, staff found something bizarre instead: 47-year-old Robert T. Hurst setting up photography equipment in all his naked glory.
But even the sight of a middle-aged man naked and taking pictures in the middle of a dark cemetery wasn't the weirdest part of the story. It's what brought Hurst to the cemetery at night and why he dropped his drawers.
According to the Picayune Item , Hurst was indulging his year-long hobby of photographing ghosts on his camera. Known as orb photography (more examples here ), enthusiasts try to capture circular balls of light that appear to have faces embedded within.
And apparently naked human skin is to orbs what chum is to a shark. "Skin can be the best canvas for such photography," Hurst reportedly told the paper, adding, “I’ve got some great pictures, it’s really fascinating."
“This is one of the craziest things that I’ve ever seen,” Capt. Kelvin Stanford of Pearl River County Sheriff’s Department told the Picayune Item.
The Sheriff's Department was able to track down Hurst after a Picayune police officer recognized Hurst on the video as the same man he recently pulled over. After repeated attempts to contact Hurst, police said he turned himself in and is being held on $500 bond for indecent exposure.
“I didn’t mean to expose myself to anybody and it was stupid,” Hurst said.
But Stanford had the best advice for anybody thinking about getting naked in a cemetery, especially as technology makes surveillance much easier: "“You never know who’s watching.”
♦ Harper's Ferry Cemetery Orbs by DeaCerte.com/Flickr