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The Cumberland Spaceman, photographed by Jim Templeton in May 1964. (AKA The Cumbrian Spaceman or Solway Spaceman.)
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"...In fact I think that the 'spaceman' is a person standing with both their feet firmly on the ground... if you look at the top of the hill you'll see that there is a thick hazy dark blue line between the hill and the sky - that's the distant horizon and follows the hill top almost perfectly. It's the girl and the photographer who are at an odd angle!

The 'spaceman' is someone wearing a white jacket and a white/cream scarf. The scarf is drapped back over their left shoulder then wrapped left to right around their neck and then drapped over their left breast. They either have short platinum blond hair (in a bobcut?), are wearing a clear plastic hood or a whitish motorcycle helmet (although I think that this option is pushing it slightly). So have I solved it? My first mystery solved? Folks?


I am personally of the opinion that the figure is being viewed from behind. I got this idea from the way the arm on the right appears to bend in relation to the body with the elbow towards the viewer, and how the head sits on the shoulders. And is that not a shoulder blade that is visible on the 'front' and not a pectoral muscle?

Has this suggestion been made before? Has anybody returned to that place with a similarly sized child and attempted to recreate the picture?

-Justin Anstey.

P.S. I'm also still curious about the pictures I first saw on page 97 of a book called 'Photographs Of The Unknown', which was co-authored by the Fortean Times' Robert Rickard.: (Click on them to see a full page version)

This is the work of a chap calling himself Spillage done in June 2004:
The caption reads: "Giichi Shiota, a professional photographer of Kawanoe City, Japan, was prompted by a hunch to wait late at night with his camera, on a deserted plot in the city. Suddenly he saw what looked like a "spaceman" who appeared to break into independent images enveloped in strangely coloured "electrical discharges".