Thursday, May 25, 2023

LA underground

People dance during a Powersource rave in Downtown LA, Calif., on April 29, 2023. Photo by Alexis Guevara When the sun goes down and the clock strikes 10 p.m., ravers of  Los Angeles flock to the streets Downtown following their map of directions—and the noise—to reach venues.Partygoers receive the location from an automated...

Journey to self-awareness

Bhardi Patel performing Puja ritual before entering The Valley Temple in Northridge, Calif., on March 27, 2023. Some people have bodily concept of life and take the mind for granted. But when meditating, people may find a purpose and a path to self-realization. This practice is a form of exercise...

Ink on flesh

Nadine Souza tattoos a client at Costello Tattoos in Sherman Oaks on April 11, 2023. Photo by Daniela Raymundo. It was just like every other day of work at Costello Tattoos & Piercing Studio. He knew he had an appointment. The guy’s mother called earlier that week to schedule it for him.

Playing for pleasure

Brandon Washington plays his Signature Artist Ormsby guitar in the living room of his apartment in Los Angeles on April 20, 2023. Photo by David Pashaee. Swiping through Instagram Reels, a video appears. A young man with a silver chain, geometric eyeglasses, a daisy bandana wrapped around his head and a big smile...

Ketamine therapy

Hailey “Hurricane” Reed uses ketamine therapy. Photo illustration by Alexis Guevara. She is surrounded by shades of purple, standing in a train that rapidly moves through tunnels until it reaches a beautiful building. Inside, she is whisked away to get dressed in preparation for something important. It doesn’t hit her...

The cat cafe cure

Adriana Isabel pets Monroe at Crumbs & Whiskers Cafe in Los Angeles on March 16, 2023. Sitting in the middle of the cement floor, surrounded by neon pink LED lights, cushioned fluffy rugs and cat trees, Adriana Isabel stares at Monroe’s bolting green eyes, which stand out from his long black fur. 

The nurse with the green bandana

Throughout the summer, Waite protested and marched around the Los Angeles area, including Venice Beach and Long Beach. At the events, Waite and her fellow activists hand out stickers and flyers to people sitting at outdoor cafes and looky-loos. 

An Allstar organization

Janelle Gomez is lifted by students during a practice cheer routine in Granada Hills, Calif., on Oct. 13, 2022. Photo by David Pashaee. At 3:03 p.m. most students at Porter Middle School in Granada Hills are headed to bright yellow school buses or piled into their parents’ cars at the front of the...

Meeting basic needs

We all need food to eat and a place to feel safe in order to function our best

Iranian unity at Pierce

When something happens in one part of the world, it is our issue as well