5 Hard-to-Find Instagram-Worthy Photography Spots in Los Angeles

Josh Rose
5 min readDec 3, 2021

It’s been years since I posted some great Los Angeles locations to shoot from, but truth is, it’s one of the more fun articles to write about. Location scouting has become an art form in and of itself. If you missed my earlier ones, check them out here, here and here. For this installment, I’m going to key in on the ones that are a little harder to get find or get to, but offer a great reward for the journey. Enjoy.

Tressles Bridge

Tressles Bridge. Photo by Josh S. Rose, 2016.

For a real adventure, head down to South Gate — one of those lesser-known, or visited, parts of Los Angeles. If you watched season 2 of True Detective, you know the feel.

If you can make your way down to this industrial part of LA, there’s a truss bridge that runs at an angle across the LA River with a rather unique design. It follows the general structure of a typical Allan Truss but for some interestingly overlapping end beams that create beautiful asymmetrical shapes that can be used in any number of ways.

Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yGqghncg7wLa4yTFA or 9739 Salt Lake Ave, South Gate
There’s a small off-road path once you park your car that you’ll need to walk.

Pacific Design Center

Pacific Design Center

The Pacific Design Center, AKA the PDC, AKA The Blue Whale is a distinct building that has been used in futuristic movies and TV shows like Her and Westworld. Making it distinctly difficult to shoot is the fact that it’s generally not open to the public.

Between Two Buildings.

The building traditionally houses appointment-only interior design companies and small agencies, so foot traffic is mostly employees of the various proprietors. Security is in force, and while it’s not too difficult to bypass them as an individual, one…

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Josh Rose

Filmmaker, photographer, artist and writer. Writing about creator life and observations on culture. Tips very very much appreciated: https://ko-fi.com/joshsrose