Framework

Capturing the world through photography, video and multimedia

David statues

House of Davids is on the market

Posted On: 4:40 p.m. | August 15, 2011

The House of Davids has been an L.A. landmark of sorts ever since singer Norwood Young put a line of statues in his yard in 1997. Now he's selling. He's done with the Davids. The well-known white house in Hancock Park is listed at $2.1 million. It has a pool, sauna and steam room, a home theater with a bar, six bedrooms and six baths and 19 Michelangelo's Davids lined up along the curve... View Post»

Vernal Fall at Yosemite

Vernal Fall at Yosemite National Park

Posted On: 9:12 p.m. | August 14, 2011

Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park is strikingly beautiful. Recently, three young hikers from a Modesto-area church climbed over a safety railing and were swept to their deaths over the 317-foot drop-off. View Post»

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Posted On: 5:48 p.m. | August 12, 2011

This summer, an exhibit at the Mission San Juan Capistrano unveils its rarely seen treasures — restored artwork and rare historical and religious artifacts, which include a document signed by President Abraham Lincoln. Built in 1782, the newly restored "Serra's Church" at Mission San Juan Capistrano is the oldest building in California still in use.  Documents show that Father Junipero... View Post»

Robust taxi culture in rural Georgia

Robust taxi culture in rural Georgia

Posted On: 4:53 p.m. | August 11, 2011

Jose Luis Diaz, a 41-year-old U.S. citizen originally from Mexico, has created an odd kind of American success story: His Fiesta Cab Co., with its 31 licensed cars, is a perfectly legitimate business that serves a mostly illegitimate clientele. Read Richard Fausset's story View Post»

Political youth camp at Russia's Lake Seliger
  • Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times

Kremlin youth camp at Russia’s Lake Seliger

Posted On: 3:58 p.m. | August 10, 2011

They wake up to the Russian national anthem and gather near the main stage lined with huge portraits of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his boss (on paper, at least), President Dmitry Medvedev, where they do their morning exercises to music interrupted periodically by recorded quotations from both leaders. As the day goes on, they are taught how to keep secrets from journalists, how to be... View Post»

Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls

Getting their rock on

Posted On: 8:00 a.m. | August 8, 2011

Arkasha Stevenson dropped by the Rock n’ Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles to capture the mood, expression and atmosphere of this music education program for girls ages 8 to 17.  The mission of the camp is to mentor girls in music while boosting self-esteem and instilling a sense of empowerment. What she came away with is a whimsical look at young girls getting their rock on. Take a look. View Post»

Famine in Africa

Back story on a ‘haunting’ image of famine in Africa

Posted On: 8:21 a.m. | August 6, 2011

I was on assignment in Africa for 6 weeks. The famine was not a story that we had originally planned to cover but when I arrived in Kenya and read about the plight of the Somalia refugee’s -who walked some 200 miles looking for food and safety- I contacted my editors who agreed we needed to tell their story. View Post»

Son's legacy is U.S. citizenship for his parents

Son’s legacy is U.S. citizenship for his parents

Posted On: 5:45 p.m. | August 5, 2011

Ryan Hizon, 22, was recently killed in Afghanistan. A Los Angeles resident since his teens, he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, nor were his parents. But under a program that allows the families of soldiers killed in action to quickly become citizens, his parents were given a final gift from their son. Read Kurt Streeter's column View Post»

Surf's Up

Surf’s Up: Tips for improving your surfing photos

Posted On: 10:30 p.m. | August 4, 2011

The U.S. Open of Surfing finishes up this weekend in Huntington Beach. The event attracts the world's best surfers and a horde of super-long telephoto lenses and photographers. Surfing certainly isn't one of the easier sports to photograph. There's a few technical issues with equipment. The need for expensive cameras and lenses to capture surfers in the distance is the first problem, not to... View Post»

Warsaw survivor
  • Katie Falkenberg / For the Times

A heartbreaking wartime sacrifice and later, a father’s quest

Posted On: 8:56 p.m. | August 4, 2011

She was Jewish, but to survive in wartime Warsaw, 18-month-old Natalie Weinstein needed a Christian name. Her father wrote a new name on a piece of paper and then left her on a stranger's doorstep, hoping she would be taken in. He then snuck into the Warsaw ghetto where fellow Jews gave him shelter. When the war was over, Weinstein learned that every member of his family had been murdered.... View Post»

Nike U.S. Open of Surfing

Surf City hosts Nike U.S. Open of Surfing

Posted On: 2:44 p.m. | August 2, 2011

The Nike U.S. Open of Surfing is underway and continues through Sunday in Huntington Beach, which calls itself Surf City U.S.A.  The annual event attracts more than half a million fans and the top surfers in the world, as well as skateboarders and BMX riders who will join the action this weekend. View Post»

Canoeing down a Superfund site

Canoeing down a Superfund site

Posted On: 6:23 p.m. | August 1, 2011

Never mind that the federal government designated the Gowanus Canal a Superfund site last year and “one of the most contaminated bodies of water in the nation.” The Brooklyn waterway is the latest, hottest, coolest spot in a city that won't sleep until it's completely gentrified. The sediment, once described as looking like black mayonnaise, is thick with metals, coal tar and PCBs, and... View Post»

National Guard unit returns from Iraq

California National Guard unit returns from Iraq

Posted On: 2:13 p.m. | August 1, 2011

After a yearlong deployment to Iraq, more than 300 members of the California National Guard's 1-140th Aviation Battalion returned home Monday to the Joint Force Training Base in Los Alamitos. View Post»

2008 Olympians

Team USA: Portraits of Olympic dreams

Posted On: 10:34 a.m. | August 1, 2011

Portrait series of athletes from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. View Post»

L.A. Rising Festival at the Coliseum

L.A. Rising Festival at the Coliseum

Posted On: 4:06 p.m. | July 31, 2011

If musical diversity is what you're looking for this weekend, the L.A. Rising Festival at the Coliseum is the place to be on Saturday. The festival which begins at noon and continues until about midnight features alt rock, hardcore punk, activist rap, Spanish rock, r&b/hip hop and heavy metal. The lineup includes performances by Muse, Immortal Technique, Rise Against, El Gran Silencio,... View Post»

The impact of three years of cuts to health and human services
  • Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times

The impact of three years of cuts to health and human services

Posted On: 3:59 p.m. | July 29, 2011

Faced with years of recession-driven budget shortfalls, state lawmakers have made deep cuts to health and social services. The reductions, including a round that took effect this month, translate into sizable state savings but are sharply scaling back the safety net for California’s most vulnerable residents: the elderly, the disabled, poor parents and their children. Since mid-2008, more... 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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