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
The Mariel Boatlift brought 125,000 Cubans to the United States in one of the most remarkable waves of immigration in recent U.S. history. It began when a driver seeking asylum rammed his van through the gates of the Peruvian Embassy in Havana on April 1, 1980. A fight broke out. A guard was shot. When Fidel Castro pulled Cuban security out of the area, 10,000 Cubans flooded the embassy grounds, clamoring to leave. Hugo is one of those Marielitos.
“I want to be one of the greatest rappers of all time, I want to be considered a future king. I am working hard right now. The impoverished conditions, segregation and poverty of young African Americans in the inner-city, are indeed serious problems today. I believe that one day my life will change and I will be able to make money and stop working as a security guard”
“I’ve been a business owner for over nine years here in Cypress Park, it’s a small pocket located northeast of downtown, Los Angeles. I run a lifestyle shop that caters to skateboarders and street artists. I definitely service an underserved fraction of the community. There aren’t a lot of businesses that cater to the youth; there aren’t that many programs that cater to after school activities and there aren’t enough people to supervise the youth. I understand that they’re the responsibility of parents, but to borrow from an old African proverb, ‘it takes a village’. Without the vigilance of the whole community, it’s very hard to steer the youth in the right direction.”
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 works here: http://www.rpalavecino.com.temp.livebooks.com/