In 1984, Cameron Jamie began to document the elaborate Halloween decorations in his old neighborhood in Los Angeles. Every year since, he has returned to photograph the ghoulish front-yard horror scenes.
His snaps of elaborately dressed houses, shot in bright daylight, highlight an intriguing juxtaposition: a celebration of the macabre within a suburban setting. Plastic skeletons swing from behind white picket fences, rows of tombstones are planted on a neatly trimmed lawn, and a stricken Frankenstein sits immobile on a bamboo patio chair.
Atlas Obscura has picked out some our favorite shots from Jamie’s new book, Front Lawn Funerals and Cemeteries.