Real fairies seem to exist, at least in the Rossendale Valley in the UK:
John Hyatt, professor at Manchester Metropolitan University, claims he has proof that fairies are real and he’s now on a mission to get more adults to believe and “bring a bit of magic into their lives”.
Hyatt was out photographing the Lancashire landscape for the last two years. He insists that his photos of winged creatures are genuine and have not been altered in any way.
It was a bit of a shock when I blew them up, I did a double take. I went out afterwards and took pictures of flies and gnats and they just don’t look the same. People can decide for themselves what they are.
The message to people is to approach them with an open mind. I think it’s one of those situations where you need to believe to see.
A lot of people who have seen them say they have brought a little bit of magic into their lives and there’s not enough of that around.
He has posted some images on social media and, not surprisingly, they have attracted much debate. Now he has put his photographs on display at a special exhibition called Rossendale Fairies which will be on show at The Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park in Rossendale throughout the spring.