world book launches & serra exhibit opening

A courageous guest from Ritápolis tries on the author’s colorful jacket The Brazilian launch of My World Book 2 in conjunction with the author’s photo exhibition opening was a success over the June 19th weekend with over 30 people participating.

The launch video for My World Book 2 was presented continually throughout the event.

The author is also a photographer. This, his third art opening in the remote colonial village of Tiradentes, MG, showcased 27 black & white images taken over several decades during hikes in the adjoining Serra de São José range.

At 10km long and reaching altitudes of 1440m, it is one of Brazil’s most diverse biomes. To the best of the author’s knowledge, this is the first exhibition dedicated to the serra from close up and on top.

The 11×14 prints are manually produced, with a Nikon FM camera, Tri-X film, and Ilford Multigrade RC paper, without any digital manipulation whatsoever.

The exhibition also helped to re-open the colonial town’s cultural calendar, the first solo exhibition in 2+ years. [please hover over images for captions]

About ben

Ben Batchelder has traveled some of the world's most remote roads. Nothing in his background, from a degree in Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard to an MBA from Wharton, adequately prepared him for the experiences. Yet he persists, for through such journeys life unfolds. Having published four books that map the inner and exterior geographies of meaningful travel, he is a mountain man in Minas Gerais, Brazil who comes down to the sea at Miami Beach, Florida. His second travel yarn, To Belém & Back, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. For more, visit

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