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Proof of the existence of Cthulhu
A real life photo of Cthulu
We've heard rumors about it for years but we all thought it was a myth, a legend. But it's real and it's finally been found, the photo of Cthulu taken by Gustaf Johansen, the sole survivor of the ill-fated, New Zealand steamer, Alert. In 1925 Gustaf and his crew mates encountered the elder darkness, Cthulhu, who slumbers beneath the sea. Those who were not killed went mad from what they saw and Gustaf himself barely retained his sanity.
A tale of madness
In the days that Gustaf was adrift on the ocean, before his rescue, he manically scribbled down his experiences in his journal and in that Journal he also kept the photo seen below. It is unclear if the photographic equipment Gustaf used to take this picture belonged to him but it seems more likely that it belonged to the original crew of the Alert. It is assumed that they had intended to catch the elder god on camera themselves.
A framed print of the original photo
The restoration of the photo
You can own a copy
The above print is a direct copy of the actual photo as it exists today and, as you can see, is in relatively good shape, but far from perfect. The importance of this photo is obvious so I have decided to make it available to everyone that wants a copy. The below print is the same image but has been somewhat restored digitally.
If you would like to own a either one of these prints, simply click on the photos