Expressions of Life aims to capture the very essence of who we are, highlighting the distinctiveness and character of each individual. A journey told through portraits.
I like doing ‘urban portraits’ without asking people to pose. It’s more in the subjects’ own environment, their own place where they feel more comfortable. I didn’t want to alter anything, I go by instinct first – I approach people on the street, have an informal conversation and then, from there, see if I can capture their portrait.
There are many pictures, many subjects – each one has its own character, own flavour, own personality. – Ricardo Palavecino
“During the U.S. civil war, a few thousand blacks did indeed fight for the Confederacy. How many supported it? No one knows precisely. Estimates that between 3,000 and 6,000 served as Confederate soldiers. Another 100,000 or so blacks, mostly slaves, supported the Confederacy as labourers, servants and teamsters. They built roads, batteries, fortifications and manned munitions factories — essentially doing the Confederacy’s dirty work.”
“Quantrill’s Raiders were a loosely organised force of pro-Confederate partisan rangers called “bushwhackers” who fought in the American Civil War under the leadership of William Clarke Quantrill. Guerrillas and partisan rangers in the east, however, focused their attention on harassing the Yankee invaders, and soon emerged as a real and constant threat to the Union army. These irregulars attacked Union pickets and small, vulnerable groups of Union men. They intercepted Union supplies, cut communication lines, destroyed rail cars and railroad tracks, carried out surprise raids, and often donned blue uniforms to invade Yankee camps.”
“Throughout the Civil War, foreigners, men not born in America fought for the South. The largest groups were the Irish, Germans, British, French, Poles and Canadians. Texas also contributed Mexican troops. It is not certain how many foreigners fought for the Confederacy but the numbers seems to be in the tens of thousands. Foreigners tended to fight in infantry regiments rather than cavalry or artillery.”
Ricardo has been a cinematographer, videographer, and photographer for the past 30 years. He has a multicultural background with substantial international experience in documentaries, dramatic films, mini series, commercials, network promos and corporate videos. He has provided services to various television networks and production companies including, Reuters, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, Sundance Channel, Sony Pictures, AXN Japan, TV Asahi Japan, RAI Italy, and many others.