This series aims to showcase the human spirit.
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
Porfirio and his family are masters of traditional Zapotec weaving and the creative skills associated with this fine art. They have descended from centuries of weavers and have no reason to doubt their ancestors were weaving in pre-Columbian times. Their village, Teotitlán Del Valle in Oaxaca, has been famous for the art of weaving for centuries.
California has witnessed growing numbers of immigrants from indigenous regions of Mexico in recent years. Many are from the state of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Despite their Mexican origins, these immigrants possess numerous characteristics that set them apart from their non-indigenous (“mestizo”) counterparts.
Chilolos, the word for mask in Mixtec, also predates Christianity. These masks are used in the dance of the Chilolos, performed in villages in the state of Oaxaca.
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.
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