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



“I worked in a restaurant in Porto Alegre, Brazil where I was in charge of the pastries. Desserts are my specialty. Once, a book distributor asked me to create pastry witches for the launch of the book “The Witch of Portobello” and it was a great success. Paulo Coelho the author publicly said that my pastries were the best he had tasted. For me it was a great honour.”



“I have been living in Cypress Park, CA for 40 years. Well, if you are not looking for trouble you are not going to find it. If we have managed to stay for 40 years it is because we are doing fine. As a business owner, a tire man, I have gotten to know a lot of people. Everyone knows us around here by the “Miranda’s”.




My business is located in Lincoln Heights by the LA River. When I first arrived here people said that it was crime infested lots of robberies and all that stuff. I’ve never been disrespected here, for anything. On the contrary, if I ask something of a young man, who supposedly is a bad kid, they always answer me with manners. For me, my people are good people. Everyone respects me.”

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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