Capturing Spiritualism Through Photography with Shannon Taggart – The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #89

Capturing Spiritualism Through Photography with Shannon Taggart on The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World - Visit


Researcher and photojournalist, Shannon Taggart, shares stories from her 16 years of photographing Spiritualism for a project called SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm.

Check out Shannon’s work as you listen – SÉANCE: Spiritualist Ritual and the Search for Ectoplasm


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In this episode:

  • Episode Teaser :00
  • Intro 1:40
  • Welcome, Shannon Taggart! 2:12
  • Shannon’s Bio 3:53
  • Her first introduction to Spiritualism 6:22
  • Spending time in the analog town known as Lily Dale 9:02
  • Shannon describes her photography in this project 13:13
  • Playing with photographic accidents and anomaly 15:08
  • The séance lighting 17:40
  • The journalistic aspect of the project, plus “paradrama”  19:37
  • Kai Muegge and the search for ectoplasm 25:42
  • Skepticism and just letting go 28:25
  • ITC (Instrumental Trans Communication) 33:30
  • Looking back at the archive of spirit photography 37:28
  • A sneak peek at some of the photos! Plus, hands and faces changing shape! 44:05
  • More about Shannon Taggart 52:27
  • Outro 1:00:45


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About Patrick Keller

Patrick Keller is an educator, blogger, and the host of the Big Séance Podcast, which is a place for paranerds to have an open discussion on all things paranormal, but specifically topics like ghosts and hauntings, paranormal research, spirit communication, psychics and mediums, and life after death. He’s the founder of the now inactive Missouri Spirit Seekers and has spent a lot of time experimenting with spirit communication tools and techniques, such as EVP. Patrick also has a passion for spending hours at a time in cemeteries and loves cemetery photography. Visit! View all posts by Patrick Keller

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