Physically, FOTOCAT is an Excel file of UFO and IFO cases where an image has been obtained on photo, film or video. It contains various data columns to register the date, location and country, explanation (if one exists), photographer’s name, special photographic features, references, etc. When completed, the full catalog will be posted in internet , for an indiscriminate access to the worldwide UFO community.
The number of events cataloged at the time of writing is: 5,135
This section reports contributions received from new collaborators (or from regular ones which most recent contribution is considered outstanding). In addition to the new names cited here, many others are regularly contributing to the enlargement of FOTOCAT.
- Loren E. Gross is to be commended by adding two news booklets to his long series “UFOs: A History”. Loren has just edited two volumes covering the year 1960, with some 270 pages of text and newspaper and magazine facsimiles centered on UFO events occurred that year.
- Heriberto Janosh González, an Argentinian psychologist living in Spain, for clues about sources for UFO photos in the internet.
- French long-time UFO researcher Dominique Caudron, on the August 12, 1883 Zacatecas (Mexico) UFO photograph by astronomer José Bonilla: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/oncle.dom/paranormal/ovni/cas/zacatecas/zacat.htm
- Thanks go to Juan Carlos Vergara (Panama City, Panama), a witnesses who has reported his own photo sighting directly to us. Carl Barron, of Dorset (United Kingdom) alerted me on a weird image that appeared on a picture he took. Max Burns submitted a puzzling picture he obtained in UK on October 19, 2004. Junji Numakawa, from Japan, submitted a video tape showing three events he recorded in Tokyo in the years 1994, 1995 and 2000.
- Collaboration is being extremely useful by Mauricio Pessino, an electronic engineer from Buenos Aires (Argentina) who took a video of a strange aerial phenomenon in July 2002 in the province of Cordoba. Case is presently under inquiry.
- Coworker and long-standing UFO researcher Carlos León , from Asturias (Spain), has procured a video recording obtained by a local lady on April 1st, 2004.
- Also from Argentina, ufologist Carlos Ferguson from the Red Argentina de Ovnilogía (RAO) is precisely a specialist in photographic cases, having produced a catalog of 184 such cases in his country (FOTOCAT records 270 cases). Cooperation may refine and enlarge the FOTOCAT content for Argentina.
This section will display one instance of UFO sighting directly reported to FOTOCAT, where the images that were achieved have no explanation at this stage.
Comments from readers will be appreciated. Any local researcher who is willing to develop a personal inquiry is welcome to contact FOTOCAT, to be supplied with personal information on witness.
Some basic statistics derived from FOTOCAT.
I have listed the number and percentage of FOTOCAT cases (as of 5,057 entries) by decade, and this is what we can observe:
|Decade||Number||Percent||Cases per Year|
Since the forties (actually, from 1947) the number of UFO photographs start to climb in an in crescendo trend until the eighties, where cases down under one-half of the prior period. Whether this is an actual reporting trend or just a mirage due to the collection process, we still do not know.
In the nineties the case rate increases again and in the five first years of the 21st century the case input has beaten any historical record. Obviously, this is due to the advent of internet.
Do the general catalogues show a similar temporal distribution?
Looking for an Unknown Photographer
The following series of snapshot appeared in the book Últimas investigaciones OVNI, by Gabriel Gomis Martín, published by ECU (Alicante, Spain), 2003, pages 243 to 253. The cameraman is said to be a brigade of the Spanish Air Force, who had been destined in Morón de la Frontera (Sevilla) air force base between 1988 and 1995 working in aircraft maintenance. Event happened five kilometers from the base when photos were taken “on a Thursday of end of May or early June”.
Therefore, FOTOCAT is in the process of disseminating these photographs in Spain in an effort driven to try to collect further testimonies from witnesses of the object flight, or word from someone who knows the origin of the balloon-like object, or the identity of the photographer himself. With this aim this image is also included here.
If you want to offer your collaboration to FOTOCAT Project, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or use the following postal address:
Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos
Apartado de Correos 12140