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SCP-XXXX-12, painted matte grey.

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: All instances of SCP-XXXX are to be kept in a single, controlled entry security room that may be viewed remotely through standard issue video equipment. It is advised that, for storing convenience and space, SCP-XXXX are kept in simple wooden crates or sturdy cardboard boxes that are safe from any unwanted fluid exposure. Unauthorized personnel may not place any photographs in SCP-XXXX. Removal of any instance of SCP-XXXX requires a minimum Security 2 clearance and it must be returned to containment once all testing has concluded. All personnel involved with an active instance of SCP-XXXX must pass a standard psych evaluation before returning to their duty. Under no circumstances are photographs allowed to remain in any instance of SCP-XXXX while in storage.

Description: SCP-XXXX is a collection of black picture frames. Compositional testing reports indicate that all instances are made of plastics, glass, and cardboard commonly found in cheap, commercial products. While there is no indication of exactly how many instances of SCP-XXXX have been created, estimations are in the low hundreds.

SCP-XXXX becomes active when a photograph of any human or sentient being, including multiple objects or combinations of the same, is inserted into its frame.1 Throughout an exposure period of 120 hours, subjects express fear and paranoia of the photograph and begin to develop behaviors and mannerisms not customary to their personality.2 Once the baseline of 120 hours has passed, subjects’ personalities will perfectly reflect the personality of the object of the photograph, and fear of the photograph will cease. Subjects are aware of the shift and will attempt to act as though there has been no change.

Further analysis indicates that while removal from SCP-XXXX’s presence temporarily alleviates some symptoms, reintroduction to the testing environment negates any benefits of having left.3 There is no attempt at self-harm at any point during testing, and subjects appear to be as physically and psychologically healthy as they had before exposure.

Picture Credit: Taken by Kjetil Ree, used under CC-BY-SA 3.0 Originally found here.