Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Elevator man

Elevator operator is still on the ride of his life

Posted On: 4:35 p.m. | October 14, 2011

Six days a week, for just over half his life, Ruben Pardo has been steering the same elegant 6-foot-by-8-foot elevator car up and down the same 11 floors of an Art Deco office tower on Wilshire Boulevard. At 69, he's been at his job longer than most  of the workers in the building have been alive. The young people are not easily impressed — but something about Pardo awes them. Read... View Post»

Seal Beach shooting

Eight die in Seal Beach shootings

Posted On: 5:36 p.m. | October 12, 2011

A gunman opened fire inside a Seal Beach beauty salon Wednesday, killing eight people. A ninth victim was seriously wounded and remains hospitalized. Police said the gunman acted alone. Full coverage on L.A. Now View Post»

San Pedro

L.A. Council District 15

Posted On: 4:42 p.m. | October 8, 2011

The 15th District election takes in San Pedro, Wilmington, Harbor Gateway and Watts. San Pedro's famous fish luncheon is an important stop on the South Bay political circuit. View Post»

Mojave Desert studies

Mojave Desert studies

Posted On: 4:00 p.m. | October 8, 2011

Darkness cloaked the desert, pierced only by a canopy of stars that provided a glittering backdrop for 20 college students treading cautiously over the cracked, dry landscape. But a soft hiss stopped them in their tracks. Mudassar Haq heard the rattlesnake and shouted to alert the others as classmate Thomas Parker shone a flashlight on a large sidewinder slithering away under a tuft of salt... View Post»

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple | Restoring a Los Angeles landmark

The Wilshire Boulevard Temple | Restoring a Los Angeles landmark

Posted On: 9:27 p.m. | October 7, 2011

As members of the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles gathered to observe the start of Yom Kippur, the holy day of atonement, they were invited one last time to admire the Hollywood-influenced murals and other appointments of the aging Wilshire Boulevard Temple. Soon, workers will begin a two-year floor-to-dome restoration of the 1929 Byzantine auditorium. The work is part of an... View Post»

Rappel

Over the Edge fundraisers rappel down Westin Bonaventure Hotel

Posted On: 8:01 p.m. | October 7, 2011

More than 100 people rappelled from the 32nd floor of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel during the second annual Over the Edge fundraiser for Los Angeles-area Scouting programs. Each descent took about 15 minutes. The participants raised nearly $200,000. View Post»

The war in Afghanistan | A decade of conflict

The war in Afghanistan | A decade of conflict

Posted On: 9:29 p.m. | October 6, 2011

On Oct. 7, 2001, the armed forces of the United States, Britain and the Northern Alliance launched Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S. The goal, as stated by the George W. Bush administration, was to target the Al Qaeda terrorist network, which had found sanctuary in Afghanistan; a secondary goal was to force the... View Post»

Key members of the Vagos motorcycle gang suspected of drug trafficking and acts of violence are arrested throughout Southern California.

Raids target leaders of motorcycle gang

Posted On: 5:19 p.m. | October 6, 2011

Key members of the Vagos motorcycle gang suspected of drug trafficking and violence are arrested throughout Southern California on Thursday. Authorities arrested 10 members of the gang. The crackdown comes after an 18-month investigation led by the state Department of Justice. Members of the gang, which started in the Inland Empire in the 1960s, are suspected of murder, rape, weapons... View Post»

Teenage prostitution in Las Vegas

Teenage prostitution in Las Vegas

Posted On: 4:38 p.m. | October 6, 2011

A social worker tries to help teenage girls who have all but sold their souls. View Post»

Storm

Big storm moves into Southern California

Posted On: 11:52 a.m. | October 5, 2011

A cold front arrived Wednesday morning that forecasters say will bring gusty winds and up to 2 inches of rain in mountain areas, the National Weather Service said. View Post»

Bioluminescence: A light show by the sea

Bioluminescence: A light show by the sea

Posted On: 2:44 p.m. | October 3, 2011

In SoCal, Mother Nature offers up an abundant mix of mountains, deserts, beaches and Pacific Ocean skies. I’m occasionally at the beach shooting big waves, surfers, fishermen, campers, sunsets, pollution, Marine Corps landing practice -- it’s theater by the sea! In late September and early October this year, the ocean offered up a performance of breathtaking visual beauty -- waves that... View Post»

Getting to the root of the problem

Getting to the root of the problem

Posted On: 2:03 p.m. | October 3, 2011

Weeding the Angeles National Forest, one plant at a time, botanist Katie VinZant leads a team in ripping out nonnative species that have multiplied since the 2009 Station fire. View Post»

Pastor

Tending a parish of scattered tribes

Posted On: 4:24 p.m. | October 2, 2011

Father Earl Henley is a portrait in perseverance. As head of the Native American Ministry for the Diocese of San Bernardino, he tends a parish of scattered tribes that include the newly wealthy, awash in casino profits, as well as the destitute hidden in the deep folds of the San Jacinto Mountains. They are a people bound by loss, having suffered the near-obliteration of their native... View Post»

'Dreamer'

A barber who helps fellow vets heal

Posted On: 12:00 p.m. | October 1, 2011

The Freedom Barber Shop, a star-spangled trailer anchored in a parking lot at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus, is their haven. Barber Tony Bravo, a.k.a. the Dreamer, is their shaman, helping to heal them with clippers, corn-pone humor and Patsy Cline. View Post»

A night in the ER

A night in the ER

Posted On: 5:19 p.m. | September 29, 2011

Emergency rooms: It's a "battlefield" at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, says one supervisor. As many as 550 patients pass through the ER daily. View Post»

New transfer program aims to disrupt long-established immigration patterns

New strategy seeks to disrupt immigration routes

Posted On: 6:50 p.m. | September 28, 2011

For years, illegal immigrants were deported across the border from where they were caught, a practice that allowed them to easily try again, sometimes within hours. Now federal officials have adopted a new strategy that disrupts immigration routes. Many immigrants caught in California are flown to Texas, and the flights return with immigrants caught in Texas. The new transfer program aims... View Post»

Framework

Framework, the photography and video blog of the Los Angeles Times, celebrates the power and explores the craft of visual storytelling. The blog highlights the work of Times photojournalists who frame by frame, document the drama, the emotion and sometimes the humor of life. Framework also aims to serve as a resource hub for photography, multimedia and video enthusiasts who share our passion. We will trade insights and discuss the tools and techniques of telling stories through images. Have a look and let us know what you think.

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