Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

Jay Clendenin photographs Cirque du Soleil

Behind the scenes video: Cirque du Soleil photo shoot

Posted On: 5:16 p.m. | September 14, 2011

Watch how Los Angeles Times photographer Jay L. Clendenin photographs performers for the new made-for-L.A. show from Cirque du Soleil, “Iris,” which opens this week at the Kodak Theatre. View Post»

Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil performers before and after photos

Posted On: 4:56 p.m. | September 14, 2011

Once you strip away the Hollywood glamour and glitz, movies are an art of light and motion, transformation and perception. ‘Iris,’ the new made-for-Los-Angeles show from Cirque du Soleil that opens this week at the Kodak Theatre, celebrates the magic of cinematic makeover, captured in these before-and-after portraits by Los Angeles Times photographer Jay L. Clendenin. View Post»

State parks

Some state parks threatened with closure

Posted On: 9:54 p.m. | September 9, 2011

The move to lock up one-fourth of the state park system -- long-threatened in California but never carried out -- has exposed a maze of obstacles and complications that could undercut any potential savings and leave California’s open space vulnerable to vandalism, marijuana farmers and poachers. Read the full story by Tony Barboza: Closing the gates to Eden to save money View Post»

Massive Blackout

Massive blackout leaves 4 million customers without power [Updated]

Posted On: 7:15 p.m. | September 8, 2011

More than 1.4 million customers lost power during a blackout in the San Diego area Thursday afternoon. San Diego Gas and Electric officials said the outage appears to have originated in Arizona and the outages extended across Southern California and into Arizona and Baja California. View Post»

9-11 then and now
  • Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Revisiting scenes of 9/11 in photographs

Posted On: 2:34 p.m. | September 8, 2011

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Associated Press photographer and photo editor Mark Lennihan was at home with his family in Brooklyn when a neighbor, who knew Lennihan was in the news business, told him a plane had struck the World Trade Center. Lennihan called his office and was told to go to Brooklyn Heights where he could get a good view of the Manhattan skyline across the East River.... View Post»

An unlikely friendship

An unlikely friendship

Posted On: 4:40 p.m. | September 6, 2011

Sister Margaret Farrell and Leane make a cheerful pair: the Irish nun and the transgender woman. Leane was kicked out of  the house at 13 and spent years cycling between group homes and the streets. Sister Margaret, 51, grew up on a farm in southwest Ireland. County Cork is known as the “rebel county” for its history of resistance to English Protestant rule. But her Catholic parents... View Post»

Sports as a common denominator
  • Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

Sports as a common denominator

Posted On: 2:00 a.m. | September 5, 2011

Julius English works as a behavioral therapist for children with special needs and, over the years, has developed a magical touch. The 39-year-old has a learning disability, but basketball has helped him push his limits. Eric Calhoun doesn’t play baseball, but he’s the biggest fan at college and minor league parks across the Southland. The 37-year-old has been going to games for almost... View Post»

USC band leader

No swan song in sight for USC Marching Band director

Posted On: 3:49 p.m. | September 1, 2011

Dr. Arthur C. Bartner has been the colorful director of the USC Marching Band since 1970. Though he used to say he would retire when Pete Carroll left USC he now says he'll stay forever. View Post»

Southwest swell generates high surf along the coast

Cowabunga, dude! Surf’s up

Posted On: 3:22 p.m. | September 1, 2011

A storm near Antarctica, Australia and New Zealand has created a strong southwest swell that is hitting the Southern California coast. Pedestrians had to take take quick steps back as waves crashed over Strand Way in Oceanside.  The portion of the popular oceanfront street was closed after a pedestrian walking through puddles reported being shocked. Familiar spots like the Wedge in... View Post»

Eid al-Fitr

Muslims gather to celebrate Eid al-Fitr

Posted On: 2:34 p.m. | August 30, 2011

Today is Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. View Post»

Walk of Fame polisher is the keeper of the stars

Walk of Fame polisher is the keeper of the stars

Posted On: 7:00 a.m. | August 29, 2011

John Peterson has kept the Hollywood emblems gleaming for 15 years. With 2,412 stars, that's 110 a day and a full-time job. View Post»

Rescue 5: Ten years later

Rescue 5: Ten years later

Posted On: 6:00 a.m. | August 29, 2011

For nine months, firefighters from Rescue 5 dug through the ruins of the World Trade Center searching for bodies. Among the dead were 11 men from the elite Staten Island rescue company who had raced toward the smoking towers on Sept. 11. Few remains were ever found. Flags covered empty caskets. Basic answers – such as where they were when they died – proved elusive. New faces filled the... View Post»

Celebrity portraits

Celebrity portraits

Posted On: 7:45 a.m. | August 28, 2011

Photographing Hollywood celebrities is often a challenging job for a Los Angeles Times photographer. View Post»

Sharp color brightens Needles, California

Sharp color brightens Needles, Calif.

Posted On: 8:37 a.m. | August 27, 2011

The recently abandoned Overland Motel is crumbling, vacant dirt lots define downtown, and the desert outpost's last auto dealership has finally given up the ghost, adding to the decline of the hapless hamlet baking in the California sun. Needles, Calif., was never a salubrious desert destination; rather, it's a last stop for gasoline before crossing into neighboring Nevada, with motorists... View Post»

Heat wave rolls through the Southland

Southland sizzles in heat wave

Posted On: 10:39 a.m. | August 26, 2011

Los Angeles Times photographers took to the street as triple-digit temperatures hit the region and a heat alert was declared in Los Angeles County. The high temperature on Thursday was 105 in Lancaster, 103 in Burbank, and downtown Los Angeles topped out at 90 degrees. Along the coast, the Santa Monica Pier recorded a high of 71 degrees while Ventura was 75. View Post»

Dances with bulls

Dances with bulls

Posted On: 4:30 a.m. | August 24, 2011

Forcados are Portuguese-style bullfighters who do not use capes or swords. They rely instead on brotherhood and synchronized steps. They are the boy-band version of bullfighters: They don’t try to kill the bull. They jump on its head, pull its tail and spin it into a dizzy stupor. 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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