Find the right place--or the right frame of mind--and the world just melts away. Ruben Pardo, an elevator operator at L.A.'s Wilshire Tower, finds such a state inside his workstation. Stretching before a karate workout, Pablo Porras experiences it in a quiet corner of the Boys & Girls Club in Hollywood. And Cesar Hernandez is absorbed by it as he studies insects inside a stand of sunflowers at 2nd Street Elementary School in East Los Angeles.
Clothing can become an expressive extension of the body, as Brian Vermeire demonstrates while rendering his "Jurassic Park" impersonation during an audition for a comedy variety show, and as Yelila Garcia, a member of a UC Irvine folklorico group, displays during a practice session.