I am a lead investigator for a local group. All of this groups members were a part of a larger group that was rather well known in the UK, but due to circumstances things changed so we set up on our own.
Being an investigator is a mind opener in itself.
You get to meet many different people, have some amazing conversations and visit fascinating places.
But it's not all fun and games and neither is it a guaranteed 'fright night'!
You are a profesional. You represent your team and all of the other groups out there and messing around creating 'bumps in the night' is highly frowned upon.
It's a bit like fishing. You might not get a bite for hours upon hours, but the next night you cannot stop realing new catches in...
Luck of the draw..
It's also tiring as you are up most of the night and may have traveled a fair distance. Then there is the cost of going to places and the equipment can set you back a fair bit too.
The rewards for all your efforts can be priceless. The memories will always be with you, but the evidence you capture will haunt you whilst you try to make sense of it all.
Yes it can be fun... lots of fun.. as you can see in this video (I am the cameraman and PLEASE be WARNED this does contain some bad language due to the situation) This was captured at the Kelvedon nuclear bunker http://www.secretnuclearbunker.com/
All she could see was my face lit up by the camera screen...
Then you get things that happen that you just simply cannot plan..
Then you get the serious side of things, the things you search for. They can be surprising, incredible, amazing and, if they're anything like this one, gut wrenching and heart breaking.
Listen carefully (ignore the first three seconds of chatter, that is coming from another part of the building) from 4 seconds to 7 seconds.. You will hear a young girl talking.
Can you work out what she says? If not, i will post her words further down so as to let you try to work it out first..
I was sat completely alone when I captured that girl..
The worst part of doing all this is the hours of sitting and watching your video and listening to all your recordings for the slightest movement, the quietest word whispered or spotting the darkest of shadows in the corner of your monitor.. But this pays off when you realize you've got great captures like the above..
Dad I miss you... I miss daddy...