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. 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
“When I get to the community garden it’s good and far away. I think it’s more than half a mile, for the exercise I come here by LA River and I do something. It’s good for me for the exercise. Last year I planted squash, like the big one. It’s a different thing, like the season. The summer for the Arugula, that kind of thing. Right now is beans, and I don’t know how to say the Chinese name for that one.”
“A lot of people around Frogtown know me as “Space”, that’s my artist name. Well, I’m right here from Frogtown, born here, raised here. Artist by nature, cyclist by hobby. A lot of different faces now. We have a lot more new ethnicities coming into the neighbourhood, into Frogtown.”
“This is my studio frame shop in Atwater, CA. I’ve been in the framing business pretty much for thirty years. I started it as college job and I moved on with my life and then I came back to it, so thirty years I’ve been doing it.”
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.
Check Ricardo’s work here: http://www.rpalavecino.com.temp.livebooks.com/