This Old House

An old, scary house in Kansas

(looks scarier with a dark lightbox around it. Click image to scare yourself)

A little more “farmex” straight from my recent stormchasing trip to the midwest. This image was taken a bit south and west of Wichita, Kansas.

I dig creepy places and shooting them, but unless I got a buddy with me, I’m not sure I could go much closer than this. Wind was blowing, creaking sounds were coming from the house and the surrounding trees…it was definitely giving me goosebumps.

I passed so many places like this. Old, abandoned farms, silos, houses, sheds…it was amazing. Highly recommend Kansas if you are looking for this kind of subject.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, iso 100, f/16, 1/80)


  • Chris Nitz

    Somehow I do not think Bob Vila is going to come to the rescue of this place. Very cool find in the middle of nowhere!

  • Mike

    You stole a line I decided not to use in the blog post 🙂

    Yeah, man, I could have driven around forever looking for this stuff….


  • Chris Frailey

    I like the processing for the dark look Mike.

  • Hans

    Looks like the house is going to come alive! Well executed!

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    I love the title farmex. There are a lot of those around here that I’ve been wanting to shoot. Nice shot!

  • Scott Ackerman

    Love the desaturated processing on this one. Nice capture bud.

  • Curt Fleenor

    Nice shot Mike – love the vintage look you put to this!

  • Kristi Hines

    The top window looks like it has some paranormal activity going on inside. Creepy capture!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Love the processing. Good call on not going in… It is pretty creepy… I’d go into an abandoned dog run, but not that house 😉

  • jina

    If the tree on the right side wasn’t there, this house would totally look like a scary face. Boo!

  • A.Barlow

    Ha! Great processing! That is one creepy looking home. I think it looks even more foreboding because of that really deep shadow by the front door.

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Dude, this is one scared Toad! I love this subject, and what a wonderful job of capturing her for us all to enjoy! I did a whole series of an abandoned farmhouse in Alberta too, before I was really any good at all this… didn’t really like the results nearly as much as yours here! LOVE this shot! Now I need a little shot of Swamp Juice or somethin’ to settle the nerves….

  • J Howe

    Great example of ‘farmex’. Definitely looks creepier with the black background. Many years ago I lived in Wichita (for one year), wasn’t into photography at the time. Now I’d like to go back and check out some “farmex’, but it’s a bit of a drive.

  • Jason Hines

    It looks like a house from that movie Jeepers Creepers. Love the vintage feel on this one mike!

  • Mark E Tisdale

    Lovely photo! The roof-line reminded me instantly of Disney’s “The Little House”

    This is about as close as I would get as well!

  • vanessa j.

    just wow! That house has a thousand stories to tell and you captured that. Nice.

  • vanessa j.

    P.S. Love the blog design too.

  • Jay Taylor (aka Sirfishalot)

    Very cool shot Mike! I’m also looking forward to seeing the interior urbex shots. You did go inside didin’t you? 🙂

  • Chrisdmrf

    I’m not sure I could resist going in alone or not, great building just asking to be explored. Love the shot and processing

  • Dave DiCello

    How did I miss this? Incredible work dude, you’ve nailed the vintage look for sure