25 April 2022

Uncertain Symptoms of Soft Radiation

25 April 2022 - Written by PhMuseum

Looking at the reaction of the body to non-ionizing waves, Nick Somers explores the real and unreal domains of this alleged human vulnerability.

Humans Seem to Be an Exception is a documentary project on the phenomenon of Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), a disease that according to the scientific consensus is not recognized as an existing medical condition. Those people with EHS claim sensitivity and attribute symptoms to the exposure to various sources of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation that humans have introduced into our living environment. Decades of research have already been conducted into possible side-effects of this radiation. Still, to date, no conclusive proof of a clear, causal relationship between exposure and health problems is deemed to have been found. EHS, therefore, remains unrecognized as an existing condition.

The disease finds itself on uncertain ground. According to the scientific consensus, it is considered a psychosomatic manifestation where the brain turns the body sick rather than an external influence. At the same time, it is continuously under research by this same scientific world that labels it as unreal. We know of magnetic sensitivity in fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and also several mammals. Yet humans seem to be an exception. If humans truly are an exception, it could imply that this ability was lost relatively recently in our evolutionary history. If this were the case, it could be possible that traces of this lost ability persist today. It is clear that the final word on the existence of human magnetic reception has yet to be written. Until then, EHS exists on both sides of this real/unreal question.

Words and Pictures by Nick Somers


Nick Somers (1993) is a Belgian documentary photographer based in Ghent. He attained a master’s degree in visual arts - photography at KASK School of Arts Ghent in 2021. His work often explores subjects where what is considered certain or objective is challenged. Follow him on Instagram and PhMuseum


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