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



I have teamed up with artist Skid Robot to create a series of portraits regarding the homeless issue and their feelings here in Los Angeles, which has turned into a humanitarian crisis. Ramón and Ivan are originally from a little fishing town in Guerrero, Mexico called Tenexpa, where they worked as fishermen. Ten years ago they left their village. They found work here in Los Angeles in the garment industry – unfortunately they were laid off. Now they are homeless collecting cans to survive. Skid Robot asked them what they thought of Donald Trump and his sentiments towards the immigrant population, to which they replied “Trump es un culero”, “Trump is an asshole”



“I am part of a mariachi band, this is good work, easy work and honest work. I get [sic] work by myself, and nobody should be able to take it away from me because of the rules. This is America, where there is freedom and a free market.”

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“This is Lincoln Heights on Avenue 20, right across from the five freeway. My family bought the house in 1942, and my mother and I moved in there in the summer of 1946.It was an Italian neighborhood. Lot of guys in high school in the late 40s were Italian, naturally, maybe 40 years later, their parents all passed away and the families sold the homes. Now they’re probably sorry they did because they could live in LA instead of Palmdale. Living in town, you don’t have to spend so many hours away from your family. One to two hours each trip? You add that up, and you’re losing time from your family.”

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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