This iconic photograph, taken in 1965 by James Karales and published in "Look" magazine, shows the energy and determination of the activists marching
from Selma to Montgomery to highlight their movement for full voting rights in the United States. They just didn’t know until recently that they had
In 2009 the face of James Bevel was “found” in the cloud looking down along the line of marchers. As a young man of 28, Rev. Bevel, the Director
of Direct Action and Director of Nonviolent Education of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), had initiated and called for the Selma
to Montgomery March as part of the Selma Voting Rights Movement, which he'd also initiated and was running. This pareidolia was found shortly after
Bevel died in December, 2008.
Then, during the recent process of polishing an article about “James Bevel’s face in a cloud” on the satirical site Unyclopedia (yes,
satirical, but the faces are there) I kept finding more faces, and darn if they aren’t the images of Dr. Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy,
Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Goddess of Liberty - a young pretty Goddess of Liberty. And all of them, and maybe others, are looking at
the line of marchers!
The article “A guidebook to the faces” can be found at two uncylopedia sites (some of the site’s users split last January and copied the Wikia
Guidebook to the faces at Uncyclopedia.co]
Guidebook to the faces at Uncyclopedia wikia]
Cloud-sighting instructions: Some people will see the faces quickly, or at least one or two of them. Once you find one of them this at least
gives you a level of trust that we're not punking you (which we might be). Or you may be able to perfectly make out none of the faces with just a
brief inspection. Then, spend some time with the picture. It's not as hard as those antique books which made you stare at them for minutes to try to
get a 3-D image to jump out at you, or those "I Spy" books which make you find odds and ends in a photo of a haunted house made out of miniature toys.
These cloud images are identifiable once you spot them. If you get good at it, and see them all, and spend time with the photo, whenever you look at
it from then on you'll see a panorama of the marchers walking for freedom and, looking down upon them, Martin Luther King, James Bevel, John Kennedy,
the Goddess of Liberty, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. And Pan. Did we mention Pan?
Why am I claiming this to be the best atmospheric pareidolia ever? Because it’s in context. All of the faces that are looking down along the line of
marchers had something major to do with both the freedom of African-Americans and the movement’s determination to gain the Right-to-Vote. And James
Bevel’s face was found only after he’d died. Found on the exact copy of the picture that was the last thing he signed his name to!
So please go to the source and follow the instructions in the guidebook. I don’t know how to use the tool which can outline things in a picture, and
that’s actually better in this case, so you can explore it on your own with just written instructions. If the faces don’t jump out at you (that
would be spooky, as if this wasn’t spooky enough), spend some quality time with the picture. Make it your best friend for ten minutes or so, to get
your brain adjusted to looking for images in clouds. I’d say Dr. King and JFK are the easiest, with Bevel very obvious once you see him, and the
Goddess of Liberty - very cute with a little crown in her hair and and carrying a lighted staff, you just want to hug her – quite obvious too.
Frederick Douglass and Lincoln, on either side of Bevel, are a bit less distinct but identifiable. Did I tell you that JFK is holding out his left
hand in a thumbs up salute? Or that Pan is at JFK’s right, where he usually sat? And that King is so solid that you can actually see him as if
he’s photoshopped, peeking out from behind the clouds in the upper right hand corner?
Speaking of photoshopped, some people, upon seeing the faces, may think the photo has been manipulated. From the source:
This picture was taken long before photoshopping was available. And since nobody has mentioned the faces until now, this website is either
totally crazy or it is involved hip deep in the sinister plot hatched by Look magazine in 1965 to use advanced alien reverse-engineering photo
technology to put the faces into the photo, then never have anyone mention it, lay low, go out of business in the early '70s, and then let someone
find them 48 years after the picture was published (in the case of Bevel's face, 43 years later) who would be willing to be paid in 1960s money to
write an article on a satirical site about faces in the cloud.
The line about being paid is a joke, as uncy is an unpaid wiki.
Bottom line: Even though the source is a satire site I swear on a stack of Bibles, Korans, ancestor’s graves, and a Scientology and magick book or
two, that I can see them as clear as day and I hope some of you can see all or some of them too. Please give it a go, and maybe you can find even more
people related to voting rights, or stray Gods and Goddesses representing freedom, just hanging around. And yes, I know it’s just a cloud, like the
images found on Mars are just rocks (except for maybe Arken’s spine). Yet in the photo’s context, and taking into consideration what direction all
of them are looking - as if they’re both honoring the marchers and watching over them - and the circumstances involved in finding the first face,
whew, what a cloud!
edit on 3-12-2013 by Aleister because: title edit to fit the space