Photographing Ghosts at Sydney Town Hall
Arriving very early for my corporate photography job at the Sydney Town Hall, I took some time to wonder around the venue.
Noticing the photographic camera gear hanging over my shoulders, one of the Sydney Town Hall staff asked “as a photographer, are you of the opinion that there are ghosts in the lifts?” “Sorry” is all I could manage to reply, as I was certain I couldn’t have heard correctly.
The man repeated himself as four other staff members joined our conversation. Apparently there have been professional photographers who have previously taken images in the Sydney Town Hall lifts, only to discover ‘strange’ unexplained lights on their photographs.
I couldn’t help myself and hence headed off to investigate – not sure if it was because I wanted to know why professional photographers would be photographing in the lifts or because of the warning given “you will be freaked out if you go in the lifts”.
In hindsight, it is interesting that it wasn’t until I found myself inside the lift and taking the photograph that it occurred to me this could be a practical joke; played out on every unexpecting professional photographer who was unfortunate enough to be working that night.
With that thought I warned the Porter who showed me into the lift “you hold the door open for me while I take this photograph…………..if this door closes I will scream very loudly”. Yes I was a little freaked out by all their talk of ghosts (I really am very chicken).
Were there ghosts in the lifts? Well apart from freaking myself out, I didn’t see anything unusual and my photograph didn’t appear odd. However I am happy to leave the judgment to you.
Below is that ‘Sydney Town Hall lift’ photograph. Also included are Sydney Town Hall Venue layout images, captured from the corporate function (which is why I was there in the first place and not to ghost hunt).
To finish, I wanted to say that from a photographer’s point of view, this venue is gorgeous for photography. If you are organising a large corporate function or wedding, I recommend you take a look at the Sydney Town Hall (and say hello to the ghost in the lift for me).