Salvation Mountain’s creator passes away

Leonard Knight, who spent three decades working on the folk-art monument to his Christian faith in California’s Imperial Valley, died today at age 82

“I started this mountain with $3 and I was only going to build something eight to 10 foot tall,” Knight told reporter Tony Perry in 1993. “People came and said there was old paint and cement at the dump, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if you bring it, I’ll pound it with a sledgehammer’ and make the mountain bigger. That’s what has happened.”

Perry interviewed Knight again more than 16 years later, in 2010; the article was accompanied by this audio slide show in which Knight tells his story in his own words.

First and fourth photos: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times. Second and third photos: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

The underwater photography of Chris Burkard

Central California-based photographer Burkard recently sat down with Framework for a Q&A on his kinetic work, his favorite locations and some insider knowledge about the difficulties of taking photos under water.

Check out the full interview, and take a deep dive into his work right here.

Photos: Chris Burkard

Santa Monica’s famous mosaic home

Aziz and Louise Farnam started their decoration habits humbly enough - putting a single periwinkle square up into the corner of a retaining wall in their Santa Monica home. But things quickly, and colorfully, escalated from there:

Theycollected pieces of cobalt blue, aqua, plum and yellows from pale to sunny. They broke or cut them with special nippers into irregular shapes and applied those to the wall, letting them radiate in no particular pattern from the original piece.

They finished that wall, then tiled the walkway to the front door.

From there, things escalated — to a traffic-stopping degree. Motorists routinely slam on their brakes to marvel at the eccentric artistry.

"Everyone knows my house," Louise said. "Just say ‘mosaic tile house in Santa Monica.’"

Read more in our latest Column One feature.

Photos: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times


Show us your type

A very awesome project - one we’re hoping comes over to Los Angeles.


Show us your type

A very awesome project - one we’re hoping comes over to Los Angeles.

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The Science of Animal Locomotion by Eadweard Muybridge, in GIF form.

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This are Bees & Bombs’ hypnotizing gifs. The real names of this creative duo are Dave and Brian, hit their tumblr to check more awesome gifs.

lil bees & bombs compilation from Unknown Editors. would have been nice to include a link to our blog guys >:)

Well, we’re occupied for the whole weekend.

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Our readers take some awesome photos. Once more, we ran through your submissions and picked out our favorites, some of which you can see above.

The rest of our December selections are over at Framework, so take a look!

Photos: Gary J. Winterboer, Kevin Balluff, Anthony Samaniego, David Sanden, Steve Gaskin, Robert Larson

Bringing attention sexual abuse through photography

A master of documentary photography, Mariella Furrer has dedicated much of her career to placing the spotlight on the tragedy of child sexual abuse.

A victim of abuse herself, Furrer recently opened up with photographer Barbara Davidson:

The molestation could not have lasted more than a couple of minutes, but the incident affected my life in ways that are difficult to articulate. As a 5-year-old, I don’t think you really understand that you have lost something when you are abused. Yet you have; something does change.

You lose your childhood really, your innocence is snatched away, and what little is left of that once-pure child is now transformed into a sexual being, a child with a knowledge of things way before her time.

Read the powerful interview with Furrer over at Framework.

Photos: Mariella Furrer

Headlines immortalized on an Los Angeles sidewalk

Leon Rudek loved his newspaper job so much that he constructed a sidewalk in front of his house out of front pages.

So begins the story of the late L.A. Times whose mastery of the processes behind the production of newsprint propelled him to place front page plates along a homemade sidewalk.

Read reporter Bob Pool’s entire story about Rudek’s artistic dedication to the news here.

Photos: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

It may not be factual, but it’s truthful.
Political cartoonist Steve Brodner takes an illustrated look into the news of the upcoming year.

Political cartoonist Steve Brodner takes an illustrated look into the news of the upcoming year.


6th Street Bridge - Los Angeles
Anon-Y-Mouse Print & Design 2013


6th Street Bridge - Los Angeles

Anon-Y-Mouse Print & Design 2013

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The Color Palettes of Nature

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Photographer’s choice: Our best photos of 2013

The Los Angeles Times’ photo team has gone through their extensive archives and picked out their favorite shots from the entire past year - ranging from the glam and glitter of the Academy Awards, to the bleak shadows of California prisons.

Browse through the whole collection over at Framework.

Photos: Ricardo Dearathanha, Don Bartletti, Jay L. Clendenin, Rick Loomis, Gary Friedman, Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times


Old Finnish people with things on their heads. That is all.

(OK, I lied, that is not all. These are part of a funny, gorgeous photo series by Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen called Eyes As Big As Plates, and you should look at as much of it as you possibly can.)

(Also: hat tip, so to speak, to Mr. Benjamin Birdsall.)

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