Laura Macky Photography

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Prelude to Halloween – Monochrome Madness


Halloween is almost upon us and I can’t help but get in the mood a bit early.  BOO!

The house is an old victorian built in the 1870’s as part of an upscale residential neighborhood which is now known today as Preservation Park.  I’ve posted a few images from this tiny park in the past, but this house really spoke to me on a cloudy day and oddly enough it got lost in the shuffle of my images until recently.

Today this house, and other houses in the neighborhood are used as offices and as an event center.  You can find out more about this beautiful park here:

Please check out Leanne Cole’s blog later for the entire gallery.

The House Down the Lane - Monochrome Madness

The House Down the Lane – Monochrome Madness

Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

70 thoughts on “Prelude to Halloween – Monochrome Madness

  1. It’s very sad to see these big, beautiful, old, uniquely American homes, that were once full of children, go the way of the dinosaur, for lack of big families and the pre-income tax incomes that supported them both. Your monochrome photo portrays this lonely, former home, perfectly.

    • Isn’t it though. There are thousands of these homes in the Bay Area though that people live in but they definitely feel like a day gone by. They do have a feeling of loneliness don’t they. Thank you. 🙂

  2. A great image full of so many stories. Reminds me of the house in Hitchcock’s Psycho

  3. you have nailed the spooky here.

  4. Spooky! The reflection of the trees in the windows is the finishing touch. Lovely 🙂

  5. Now your talking my language, very atmospheric and moody. I love it 🙂

  6. Halloween is important. I went to buy a birthday card in September and they were already advertising Christmas ones!

  7. Looks like a scary movie setting, Laura

  8. A resurrected, undead image…how fitting. You have made it a ghostly place with your shot and processing.

  9. Definitely appropriate for the Halloween season.

  10. Whooo, those reflections of the tree branches in the windows make perfect cobwebs! So much to look at here, Old things are such treasures.

    • Thanks Carrie! Those reflections are killer aren’t they…and yes! Just like cobwebs! I’d love to go inside this house some day.

      • I hope you get that chance, I am sure there are spooky, interesting views from those massive windows. Always fun to see things from the inside out! Do they offer tours of any of these places? Hope you get an opportunity at some point, I am sure you would do them great justice when photographing them 🙂

        • I think you can go into them because they’re just offices…most of them. I should find out. There are so many beautiful Victorians in the Bay Area, especially in San Francisco. They are millions of dollars incredibly. Maybe I should find an open house! LOL

          • YES!! An open house is a great idea 🙂 Now you are talking. I don’t doubt they are millions, how fun to jump into one when it is open for sale. go for it.

          • Yes! Although most likely I’ll have to wait till next year since most open houses are over with. But definitely! I have a list of things I’d like to photograph and I’m adding this to the list!

  11. Great mono shot! Very appropriate for the season 🙂

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  14. I’m writing this from under my bed, hiding. Your picture spooked me silly, Laura. Whoa. I don’t know when I will come out. You shouldn’t scare me like that. It’s not nice. (smile) Great job with the capture and editing. Really nice, Laura. And I am SO happy your knee is coming right along. HURRAY!!!! Love, Amy

  15. Spooky scene. All that’s missing is a flock of ravens on the roofline 🙂

  16. Gorgeous! So atmospheric!! Bet the Victorians didn’t know they were creating such a wealth of scary-story fodder in the day. 😉

  17. Prelude to Halloween is a great title. The photo has this spooky feel to it.

  18. Creepy mood captured perfectly; the shading, the trees, the reflections… love it! It makes me want to write a scary story!

  19. It’s such a lovely house. The monochrome certainly adds to making it look extra creepy though.

  20. A great picture of a great old house. Thanks for the view.

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