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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.

[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



“An estimated 6,000 to 7,000 people live in East Porterville, CA, a largely low-income rural residential area where an estimated 600 wells have gone dry. Nobody had a concept of what it was like to live without water they are in an extraordinary situation. They are not talking welfare; they are talking humanitarian action.”




“I have owned and operated my van for over 20 years. Is a full equipped shoe repair shop on wheels, my truck carries all the necessary machinery to remake and rebuild shoes. I fix almost any shoes and purses.”



“I opened a restaurant here in Oxnard, California, El Dorado. Launching a small business can be challenging for anyone in any circumstance. For minority women, it can be even more difficult to get the support and financing it takes to become a success.”


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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