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Nuno And Papa In The Castle Garden, Somewhere In Portugal, Circa 1930's

About a Boy (or Not)

Some months ago we found a small green photo album chock full of Portuguese vintage snapshots of an anonymous  male, a well-loved only child of older parents. The album follows his life from his birth…

Freedom is a Flower Blooming Red

  Hello! If you don't live in Portugal you may not know that today is not an ordinary day. Picture a large crowd, a peaceful protest of thousands of uniformed soldiers, carrying rifles with red…

Album V: Girl In Window, Porto Santo, Madeira,1934

Valentina & the Mysterious Island

This cutie-in-a-window was the first old snapshot to catch my eye in Portugal. She was hiding out in a flimsy paper photo album I'd spied at a flea market, next to a pair of banged-up…

On Becoming a Photographer’s Muse

I always feel uneasy whenever somebody looks at me. A pair of eyes swings my way and I'll want to flee. I’m not a misanthrope -- I’m drawn to people, but they also make me…

Paper Ghosts Photo Story Contest !

Are you a snapshot lover with a storyteller's heart? A seasoned writer who can take a photo and craft a tale?   PAPER GHOSTS IS CURRENTLY ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR OUR FIRST-EVER PHOTO STORY CONTEST!  …

Helena, Hat And Sneakers - Praia Da Rocha, Algarve, 1943

Fishing for Paper Ghosts

Back in the ’90’s, I spent a few years as a fishwife in West Java, Indonesia. My then-husband, Samino, plied his trade aboard a sea-worthy outrigger canoe. Fishing on the Java Sea was a kind…

Star Girl, Somewhere In Portugal, Circa 1940'S

Luminosity

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being. ― Hafiz May you be the light. Happy Holidays from Paper Ghosts Photo: Somewhere in…

Santa Claus Knows Where You Live

Santa Claus Knows Where You Live, somewhere in Portugal, circa 1940's “The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” ~George Carlin

Boy With Baby

Welcome to Paper Ghosts

We invite you to step through the portal and into our magical world. Like most of humanity over the past year, we’ve been living in a haze of uncertainty, struggling at times to keep our…