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.

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[dropcap]I[/dropcap] 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



In 2010 the UN declared access to clean water and sanitation a Human Right. Presently in the San Joaquin Valley, California – with a largely impoverished farm worker community – is suffering with the impact of the drought. Most of them are struggling because their town is running out of groundwater, leaving little left for domestic uses.



“The Strijdom Square Massacre happened on the 18th of November 1988, Pretoria South Africa, I was 17 years old, I reached the stairs that took you down to Strijdom Square, at the top I had a slightly elevated vantage point where I saw to my right about forty meters away a white man appear, he was tall, thin, had blond hair and a moustache, he was dressed in camouflage, perhaps a police man I thought at first?” “He had a pistol in his hand, close by him I saw a heavy set African lady, weighed down with groceries bags in both hands trying to scurry away when the man in camouflage calmly ran up behind the lady, raised his pistol and shot her in the back of the head in cold blood BANG BANG!”

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“Santeria helps in many ways. [The] Number one factor we can play with is faith, our job is to get them strong in faith. It originally comes from Africa, the Yoruba people, nowadays [in] Nigeria. It is one of the most magically powerful religions.”

Ricardo Palavecino
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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