A university lecturer appears to have let his imagination fly by claiming he has photographed real fairies.
John Hyatt, 53, insists his photos, which look suspiciously like small winged insects, prove the magic creatures exist in the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire.
The Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and Design (MIRIAD) at Manchester Metropolitan University has put the photos, taken over the past two years, on display in a special exhibition.
He said: “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."
Mr Hyatt, who lives Rawtenstall, has posted some of his images on social media and his exhibition, called Rossendale Fairies, will be on show at The Whitaker Museum in Whitaker Park in Rossendale, throughout the spring.
Source: Miranda Prynne, The Telegraph, April 4, 2014.