thinkmexican:

Reflejos y Regalos de East Los: The Faces of East Los Angeles

East LA’s Self Help Graphics teamed up with photographer Rafael Cardenas for a very special project: A picture day for the residents of Boyle Heights, home to one of the largest Mexican communities in the United States.

"Reflejos y Regalos de East Los captures the Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles community through impromptu portraits of current community members and the creation of specific public installations at each of the locations," states SHG’s website.

The photo shoot took place at three Boyle Heights locations: Mariachi Plaza, the Lou Costello Recreation Center, and Hollenbeck Park.

See more portraits at Self Help Graphics

Read more about Reflejos y Regalos at the Los Angeles Times

kenobi-wan-obi:

IC 4603 - The Turbulent Heart of the Scorpion

This image shows the core region of the Rho Ophiuchi Complex, centered around the prominent blue reflection nebula IC 4603.
This is one of the nearest star forming regions and the intricacies of the dense interstellar dust clouds in the area provides a spectacular display of light and colours.
The bright star is 7.9 magnitude SAO184376 which is the main source of light for the blue reflection nebula. The contrasting red areas towards the top are primarily due to reflected light from the hearby red giant star Antares, which lies outside the field of view. The entire area is also littered with hundreds of dim reddish stars, which are typically very young T Tauri stars.

kenobi-wan-obi:

IC 4603 - The Turbulent Heart of the Scorpion

This image shows the core region of the Rho Ophiuchi Complex, centered around the prominent blue reflection nebula IC 4603.

This is one of the nearest star forming regions and the intricacies of the dense interstellar dust clouds in the area provides a spectacular display of light and colours.

The bright star is 7.9 magnitude SAO184376 which is the main source of light for the blue reflection nebula. The contrasting red areas towards the top are primarily due to reflected light from the hearby red giant star Antares, which lies outside the field of view. The entire area is also littered with hundreds of dim reddish stars, which are typically very young T Tauri stars.