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When a Bigfoot Photo... Isn't

In the world of Bigfoot, researchers and enthusiasts are constantly searching for answers and evidence about the existence of this famous but elusive bipedal cryptid.

Sometimes, compelling proof is presented to the community that points to Bigfoot as alive, well, and very real. At other times, the community is rife with zoomed-in images, red circles, and pareidolia - the phenomenon in which the mind sees supposed patterns where none actually exist.

The images below, taken and shared by Jason Parsons on the Pennsylvania Sasquatch Research Facebook page, demonstrate how someone might perceive a Bigfoot form in a photo when, in fact, there isn't. 

On the PSR Facebook page, Jason writes:

"What looks like a Bigfoot looking through a gap in the trees, with fingers touching the branch, looks totally different when taken with a professional camera.

First photo is taken with an iphone 7 zoomed in.

Second is taken with Canon 5d mk3

Here we can CLEARLY see that a blurred and distorted image of what might look like a Sasquatch, is in fact (and in most cases) just leaves and shadow."

In no way is either Jason or The Confessionals attempting to prove through this post that Bigfoot does not exist. Rather, the post and photos provided serve as an illustration of how we in the Bigfoot community should examine evidence with a practiced eye, and from different perspectives, to establish viable proof. In our excitement to discover Bigfoot, we should continue searching for evidence that he's "out there" somewhere and acknowledge the extraordinary instances when he is there in a photo... and also understand that sometimes, he just isn't.

                                                         The uncropped iPhone shot.

                                                       The uncropped iPhone shot.

                                              Zooming in on the original iPhone photo.

                                            Zooming in on the original iPhone photo.

                  The same scene, from a slightly lens different perspective, using a Canon camera.

                The same scene, from a slightly lens different perspective, using a Canon camera.

                        A zoomed in shot of the same scene using the much clearer Canon lens                                                            ...  and without a lurking Bigfoot in the bushes.

                      A zoomed in shot of the same scene using the much clearer Canon lens                                                            ...and without a lurking Bigfoot in the bushes.