The sighting of shadow people is one of the paranormal encounters that are most often reported to investigation teams, and I have met dozens if not hundreds of people who have stories to tell of shadow people since starting Haunted Nova Scotia in 2007. There are documented cases of people seeing shadow people that date back not decades, but centuries. One of the earliest descriptions of the encounter was that the entity was 'blacker than the blackest night.' That tells me that the tent or hut that the person was sleeping in would have been pitch black, yet whatever was in the room with them was even darker.
Years ago a friend and I were investigating a cemetery that we knew to be haunted. This was long before I had collected equipment, in fact if memory serves I think the only thing we had with us was a digital camera. Throughout our 'investigation' we did capture few odd anomalies and glitches on our camera, but the main thing that we both noticed was a growing feeling be being watched and being somewhere that we shouldn't be. It felt like someone was watching us from a few yards away and didn't want us there. The decision to leave and go home was unanimous, and we left the cemetery and started walking home. Just as we left the cemetery and met the street my friend grabbed my arm and pointed back into the cemetery. I looked to where he was pointing, and saw what looked like a man sized shadow dart into the treeline at the back corner of the cemetery. It re-emerged a few seconds later, moving in the opposite direction before vanishing in the tree line again. Freaked out, we definitely didn't waste any time getting home that night!
Television shows and Hollywood always portray shadow people as negative or demonic entities. I'm not sure if I believe that or not, but over the years of being the sole group administrator for Haunted Nova Scotia I have heard plenty of stories from people who have seen or encountered these shadowy figures, and one common factor is they always feel the entity is threatening or malicious. Months before meeting me and joining our team Heather Rann and a friend were out exploring known haunted locations when they captured the following two photographs at a location off of Lower Truro Road. They had been at this location for some time when her friend began to feel uneasy, like something didn't want them there. The next photo that she took was of the large tree in the center of the clearing. In the photo below you can see a dark human shaped figure standing in front of the tree.
While they didn't see anything in the viewfinder of the camera after taking the photo, both women began feeling like something definitely did not want them there and that it was time for them to leave. Before reaching the driveway leading to this site Heathers friend turned and took one final photo. In this photo the figure is closer to them, as if it were chasing them. You can see some of the foliage through the figure as well, which is quite interesting.
Both of these photos created quite a bit of discussion on Haunted Nova Scotia, obviously. Our team returned to this site several times, and on one occasion we received a very odd video. The investigator was shining a flashlight directly at the tree and recording it with her cell phone when in the video feed you can see a quick flash of two faces on the tree. It could be pareidolia, a trick of the eye due to shifting patterns but it is a neat video to watch. If I can, I will embed it on this page for viewers to watch.
What I find fascinating and unnerving about shadow people is the fact that there are several different entities that people identify from their characteristic features. A well known one is 'Hat Man', a shadowy figure that is wearing a large brimmed hat. All of the people who have encountered this entity report that it feels extremely negative, as well as mocking. Several members of Haunted Nova Scotia have sent me private messages that they have encountered this entity, and that it was always standing some distance away, observing them. Other people have reporteda smaller entity accompanying Hat Man.
Because all of these entities appear black and shadowy, I think that they are just outside the spectrum of light that we view the world in. If we see glimpse something that is outside the realm of visible light for humans it wouldn't have color, it would just appear black to us. The fact that every single person reports a menacing frightening vibe from them tends to make me lean more towards the belief that they are negative.
Feel free to comment if you've had your own experiences with shadow people!