Moby’s Brilliant Photo Blog of Hidden Architecture in Los Angeles


The last time we were this obsessed with Moby, it was 1999, and we were cranking Play en route to an all-night study session. Three weeks ago, Moby gave us another bit of genius: Moby Los Angeles Architecture Blog. The self-proclaimed dilettante architectural photographer introduces the project by saying, “Most cities have big, grand, old, and well documented architecture. LA has idiosyncratic weirdness. Sometimes beautiful. Sometimes strange. Sometimes painfully banal. So when I walk/drive around LA I’ll take pictures of some of the strange, beautiful, ugly, banal, sublime, baffling buildings I come across.”

Summing up the very essence of arguably the most misunderstood city in the world, he goes on to say that “one of the very odd things about LA is that the most beautiful architecture in LA is hidden on tiny streets that very few people will ever see.” The majority of his images are black and white, so we can’t help but think that his cultural commentary, although casual, is intentionally rooted in film noir, a genre that’s as difficult to define as the city that created it. This subtle style might just be the most brilliant celebrity/ art intersect yet.

Click through to see Moby’s foray into the unseen world of Los Angeles, and let us know in the comments what oddball architecture you’ve noticed in your own city.

Castillo Del Lago . Image credit: Moby.

“Odd residential architecture that pretty much any working artist or writer or musician can afford.” Image credit: Moby.

“Moorish 20th century quasi-castle.” Image credit: Moby.

“Accidental mid-century building.” Image credit: Moby.

Smokin Shack Drive Thru. Image credit: Moby.

“Graham Greene inspired vision” in Hollywood. Image credit: Moby.

“Hobbit house” in suburban Los Angeles. Image credit: Moby.

“The poster child for entropy in LA.” Image credit: Moby.

Pegasus-drawn plane mural at Bob Hope International Airport. Image credit: Moby.

“Vine covered country house.” Image credit: Moby.