“When I was a kid, I was scared to go outside,” says the narrator of a short story called “Ghost of the Past.”
“I remember when I was nine years old, we had to go out into the city to take a bath and my mother was terrified, because she’d seen ghosts all the time.”
The narrator, who is an adult now, has written two books on childhood ghosts and their effects: The Ghost of the Future and Ghost of The Past.
“I always had a sense of, ‘This is going to be real,'” he says.
“When we were kids, the kids were just scared to come out of the house and get in their cars and go somewhere.
But now we live in a world where everything is monitored.”
For many people, the ghosts that haunt their childhoods are the ghosts from their childhood bedrooms.
In a series of haunting photographs that were published this year in the American Journal of Photography, photographer John O’Connell captured images of children’s bedrooms filled with ghostly figures, including a toddler’s head in a chair.
One photograph captures a child’s bedroom with a skull hanging from the ceiling.
Other images show the children dressed in white, in front of a window, in the middle of a snowstorm.
In one, a child is seen sitting on a stool, his eyes closed, in a white robe.
“These are the children I’ve never seen again,” O’Connor says.
The photographs are part of a larger project called “The House That Never Sleeps,” a collaboration with the author and artist Rebecca Garten.
“My intention is not to say that this is the house that’s haunted by ghosts,” O-Connor said.
“But there is something there that we don’t quite know what it is.”
The haunting images were captured on film at a home in Connecticut and then digitized, in order to recreate the environment of the children’s rooms.
Garten’s photographs are “a sort of a visual record of what it’s like to be in a house, the environment and how it feels,” she says.
Gesser has worked on similar projects in the past.
“We did a series in France called Ghosts of the House,” she explains.
“And it was really interesting because I didn’t have any photographs of the original house, and there were no living parents or any other living members of the family.
I had a photograph of a young girl with her mother sitting on the couch, with her father and her grandmother sitting on her lap.
But they weren’t there, and they were just looking out the window.”
In a recent documentary, Garten shared images of her own home, complete with a family portrait, of her childhood.
“You could see it through the windows,” she said of her photos.
“It’s very vivid, and it’s so moving.
It’s the most beautiful, and I feel that way, because it’s all that’s left of my childhood.”
Ghost of a home Garten grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where her mother was a teacher and her father worked in the textile industry.
The house she and her siblings grew up on is located on the Brooklyn waterfront, across from the World Trade Center.
The neighborhood is known for its dark, crumbling architecture, with buildings dating back to the 18th century.
“One of the things I noticed when I lived in the neighborhood was that it was a very dangerous place,” Garten says.
After a fire devastated the neighborhood in 2004, Gessen moved to Brooklyn to attend college.
“The buildings were falling down, the streets were covered with water,” she recalls.
“There were many homeless people living in the streets and there was this huge community of people who had nowhere else to go.”
She moved to Manhattan in 2006, and soon after she moved back to Brooklyn, her home was torched.
“After the fire, I felt so helpless,” she remembers.
“Like, I just didn’t know where to go.
And so I didn, I didn of where to get help.
So I thought, What am I supposed to do?
And then I decided to come up with this idea of what I wanted to do with the house, because I felt that I had some power, and that I was able to create something with the houses, and in this case, that’s a house that never sleeps.”
After the fire in 2006 Gesselts mother was unable to pay the $1,000 she owed for repairs, and her family moved to New York to try to find a place to live.
“That was the beginning of the end,” she recalled.
“As soon as I started thinking about the house as a permanent home, I knew I had to get out.”
In 2009, Gessen was awarded the National Book Award for a book about her childhood, The House That’s Never Sleeped.
She moved into the home with her husband and three children in a