When one historian was searching 1800s photo archives, he found one thing he wasn’t expecting: a picture of James Cameron.
BOSTON — As a New England historian, Dillion Ballet has seen it all. At least, he thought he did — until he saw “Avatar” director James Cameron in one set of photos from the 1870s archived in a set of thousands. Ballet thought it could have been a joke, but days of scrutinizing and analysis has proven the photo to be real. Now, experts are trying to determine whether this is really James Cameron, and if so, how did he get there?
Cameron’s scientific exploits have been documented through various outlets, including his underwater expeditions and environmental advising. As a few of the director’s films have dealt with visitors from the future, scientists are entertaining the possibility that Cameron could eventually turn his interests to real-life time travel.

In the image, the man that experts think is James Cameron appears to be exiting some kind of capsule or vessel. He appears to be wearing a modern watch and clothing that matches current athletic wear. And scientists are looking at the machine in the photo just as closely as the man himself for clues as to how the endeavor could have been pulled off. Unfortunately, older photos do not provide the same amount of detail as later cameras could.

Though no other photos that appear to depict Cameron exist in the set, experts are scouring over literature and additional media from the set’s time and location for information. As Cameron appears to be around or at his current age in the image, the scientific community is reaching out to the director himself to see if he’s turned his financial interests to this mysterious area. So far, Cameron has stayed mum on the ordeal.

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