Author/fine art photographer Craig Owens will discuss HAUNTED BY HISTORY VOL.1, a coffee table book that dissects the history of eight haunted Southern California hotels and inns. Find out how he was able to discover information that had been overlooked by historians for years, the do’s and don’ts of ghost hunting, and how he created his own haunting photographs at each location. Who knows? He might even show his rarely seen “ghost photo” captured inside an Old Town Temecula hotel and ask for your feedback. Warning: it’s a good one!
Los Angeles-based fine art photographer Craig Owens first fell in love with history and the paranormal in 1972. At that time, he was as a seven-year-old boy playing on the grounds of a Southern plantation known as Waverley, located outside of West Point, Mississippi. While Waverley’s owners admitted to seeing and hearing the ghost of a young female child, Craig never encountered her. Yet the atmosphere and history of Waverley stayed with him long after his family moved to Texas. In 1994, Craig moved to Los Angeles and began to work freelance in the film and television industry. His production credits include Wag the Dog (1997), Phone Booth (2000), and The Gilmore Girls (2000-2001). In 2002, Craig left film production to work for the Century City Chamber of Commerce and later the International Cinematographers Guild, I.A.T.S.E. Local 600. While working for the chamber of commerce, he contributed articles for the Century City View and wrote the History of Century City. In 2009, Craig began staging vintage style photo shoots at haunted hotels as an idea for an Old Hollywood themed project. While on location, he saw what appeared to be a “ghost.” This left him wondering if his photo shoots were somehow triggering paranormal activity. The following year, he started his Facebook blog, Bizarre Los Angeles, a page dedicated to Los Angeles’ forgotten history. He also continued to hold vintage photo shoots at haunted locations. Little did he know that his love for haunted hotels would bring media attention. In 2013, he appeared on My Ghost Story: Caught on Film after he unintentionally photographed an apparition at the Palomar Inn in Old Town Temecula. The following year, the online magazine, The Verge, published an article on his paranormal experiences at the Aztec Hotel. Since that time, he’s been quoted in James Bartlett’s book, “Gourmet Ghosts 2,” and Colin Dickey’s book: “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places.” More recently, he has appeared on Nerdist’s popular “Bizarre States” online podcast and has been featured in Los Angeles Magazine (online only) and NBC Los Angeles.