Ricardo Serpa

Art gallery with Limited Editions art prints from photographer Ricardo Serpa, spanning 30+ years of his professional career and travels to faraway places.

I created Ricardo Serpa Art Collections as a well-thought online art gallery. These carefully chosen sets show images from my travels around the world as a professional photographer for over 30 years. They are offered in small limited Editions, in three different sizes, with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity included for each print. Select your favorite images, decide on sizes and finishing options, and have your artwork delivered to your door, ready to hang. It's an easy, safe and fast process, designed to make your online art purchasing a very satisfying and rewarding experience.

Ricardo Serpa has been dedicating close to 30 years of his life to many different disciplines of photography. Born in Brazil, Ricardo studied Business Administration in Rio de Janeiro, with postgraduate specializations in Finance and Marketing. He worked for companies both in Brazil and abroad, before becoming an Export Manager for a giant multinational tobacco company, traveling extensively to develop new markets around the world. It was during these early years that Ricardo developed and nurtured some of the passions which would lead him to explore different paths later in life, more notably photography, writing and world traveling. Getting to know so much of the world at a relatively young age helped him understand how much is out there to be seen and documented; and how much beauty the world has to offer. Photographers will happily dedicate a whole life to constructing a meaningful body of work, a collection of images which will help define the artist and the goals behind the work. The more Ricardo traveled for business, the more he imagined a life fulfilled by documenting and getting to know different lands and far away cultures. To get him there, a first big step would have to be made. This he knew deep in his heart. Changing directions At the age of 28, Ricardo quit his job and abandoned a promising career to become a full-time photographer. The reasoning was quite simple: follow your passions first and let them drive you to bright places. Greed, someone once said, will only lead you to obscure ones. He took the big leap of faith, and after a couple of months, luck struck and he was hired as a starting staff photographer for the Jornal do Brasil, the oldest and one of the country’s most traditional and respected daily newspapers. A whole new chapter of life was just starting, and it would be a defining one. At the newspaper, Ricardo spent four of the most fascinating and exciting years a rookie photographer may wish for. He was able to cover all kinds of daily assignments and learned to photograph under a huge variety of situations. As he says today, “As a 'sorcerer’s apprentice', I was able to cover all kinds of assignments and learned to photograph under a wide variety of different situations. I simply couldn’t have asked for a better training ground. From then to now, much has changed in photography, and in the world itself. What has not changed is my passion: after all these years looking everywhere through my camera lenses, I have developed a profound respect for the photographic art, and I feel it is a privilege to be able to live doing what makes me whole.” Embracing the new world Leaving the newspaper to open his own digital studio, in 1994, made Ricardo one of the pioneers in digital imagery in Brazil, and he was invited to write a weekly technical column for the same Jornal do Brasil he had worked for as a photojournalist. The column focused on digital photography and Macintosh computers, lasting a record straight eight years. His work at the studio opened different doors for experimentation with the then new digital world and served as a solid background for Ricardo’s current work. By that time, in the late 90‘s, photojournalism as he knew was gone, or on its way out. The Internet had arrived, and with it came dramatic changes in the way we produce and consume news. It was the right time for another change. After moving with his wife Nicole and four kids to the US in 2001, Ricardo opened a commercial photography studio in South Florida, which kept him extremely busy for 12 solid years. Busy, but grounded. Managing a multi-photographer studio, raising a family and adapting to life abroad was a powerful enough combination to postpone all dreams of traveling until he realized the kids would soon grow older and leave the nest. Time for him to do the same, in his own way. The road on two wheels In the summer of 2013, Ricardo took his motorcycle on a solo ride for 19,000 miles on all kinds of roads, traveling from South Florida to the extreme north of Alaska, across 26 American states and 4 Canadian provinces. He researched and prepared for the long trip for over a year. The whole journey took him 10 weeks, and he came back with thousands of images (and countless memories to last a lifetime). He was looking for a break from his routine, and a new path to follow for the years to come. It was just natural that this search would place Ricardo on the open roads of the world. From then to now, he has covered over 100,000 miles riding his motorcycle, most of them solo, stopping quite a lot along the way to photograph whatever and whoever he crosses path with. The trip to Alaska and back was done three more times after that first historical one, and he has ridden and photographed in Argentina, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Mongolia and New Zealand. The list of future trips keeps on growing, as he is fully committed to continuing to explore unique destinations, for as long as he can keep doing it, sharing his views through books and exhibitions intended to inspire and help break boundaries and stereotyped perceptions of the world we live in. As a final introduction to Ricardo Serpa and his work, a few of his own words to help us better understand what lays behind each one of his photographs: “Happiness is a subjective and individual concept. To me, it means making every image with the relieved feeling that a point is being made, that a purpose is being achieved. Happy or sad, beautiful or disturbing, my images always represent an act of faith in photography. If they can be more than that, let them represent an act of faith in what and whom I photograph.”

Over 25 years ago, I took my chances and went after a dream. Against everybody’s advice, I left my daytime job traveling around the globe as an Export Manager for a giant multinational company in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to fully dedicate myself to professional photography. By a happy combination of (much) luck and (some) talent, I ended up being hired as a staff photojournalist for the Jornal do Brasil, one of the most traditional Brazilian daily newspapers, under the command of a truly Brazilian photography master, Rogério Reis. There I spent three of the most fascinating and exciting years a rookie photographer may wish for. As a “sorcerer’s apprentice”, I was able to cover all kinds of assignments and learned to photograph under a wide variety of different situations. I simply couldn’t have asked for a better training ground. From then to now, much has changed in photography and in the world itself. What has not changed is my passion: after all these years looking everywhere through my camera lenses, I have developed a profound respect for the photographic art, and I feel it is a privilege to be able to live doing what I love and what makes me happy. Happiness is a subjective and individual concept, I know. To me, it means taking every image with the relieved feeling that a point is being made, that a purpose is being achieved. Happy or sad, beautiful or disturbing, my images always represent an act of faith in photography. If they can be more than that, let them represent an act of faith in what and whom I photograph. As of lately, I’ve been dedicating my time to a lot of traveling, most of it on my motorcycle, visiting more remote and unique places, and meeting very interesting people along the way. With these solo travels, some of them covering tens of thousands of miles, I experience a different sense of freedom and inner peace, and the images I’m bringing back somehow start to show this mindset. It is a very good feeling, and it keeps me looking forward to new travels and new discoveries. After being able to combine these two passions of photographing and traveling, the natural next step is to add yet a third passion to the mix: teaching, and the upcoming workshops will make this journey an even more complete one. On to the next one…

Reunited with The Brodi in his little piece of paradise. It feels great to be here again and spend some good days together with him, Jo, Maria and little Paulo. Aloha!

Moon rising over the Salton Sea, at the start of the Bombay Beach Bienalle last week. Just came back from a great week there for the 4th edition of this wonderful event. It was my first time exhibiting at the Biennale, definitely an experience to be cherished.

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Ricardo Serpa Art Collections by Ricardo Serpa on Apple Books

The online gallery is open now, and I've created an eBook to serve as a catalog with all the images being offered there. There are over 220 images in it, plus information on the available finishing options and a little bit of my professional career.

It's my very first iBooks publication, and it's available now at the Apple Books store. Thanks in advance for checking it out, and I hope you will like the book!

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Why do we photograph? So many answers to a simple question, but we all certainly share a few common reasons, no matter who we are and where we do stand as photographers. It may be to eternalize a moment, or to give someone a voice. To register beauty or document the ugliness of injustice. An expression of joy or a cry for awareness. To make a point, or because we just feel like it. We all share some reason to press the shutter.

Meaningful photographs exist for a reason, but they are not meant to be seen on small screens only. They need to be printed, displayed, looked at. They need to be a part of our lives, constant reminders of the emotions they make us feel. Be it in the pages of a book or a beautifully printed piece on a wall, these photographs deserve to have a life outside the digital world.

Moved by this firm belief, I created Ricardo Serpa Art Collections as a well-thought online art gallery. These carefully chosen sets show images from my travels around the world as a professional photographer for over 30 years. Now that they are made available through the online gallery, I hope these photographs will start a life of their own.

They are offered in small limited Editions, in three different sizes, with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity included for each print. Select your favorite images, decide on sizes and finishing options, and have your artwork delivered to your door, ready to hang. It's an easy, safe and fast process, designed to make your online art purchasing a very satisfying and rewarding experience.

I invite you to browse the collections and learn a little more about my work. If you find an image that you like and would consider having at home, be assured nothing would make me more pleased. To me, it’s a way of sharing special and personal moments with people who can relate to how precious these life nuggets can be.

Enjoy your time here!

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rsartcollections.com Fine art photography for sale, in different sizes and framing options, by Brazilian photographer Ricardo Serpa. Online art gallery with images from Ricardo's travels around the world, most of them on a motorcycle. Travel, landscape and documentary fine art photography.

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Ricardo Serpa Art Collections - Fine Art Photography

Why do we photograph? So many answers to a simple question, but we all certainly share a few common reasons, no matter who we are and where we do stand as photographers. It may be to eternalize a moment, or to give someone a voice. To register beauty or document the ugliness of injustice. An expression of joy or a cry for awareness. To make a point, or because we just feel like it. We all share some reason to press the shutter.

Meaningful photographs exist for a reason, but they are not meant to be seen on small screens only. They need to be printed, displayed, looked at. They need to be a part of our lives, constant reminders of the emotions they make us feel. Be it in the pages of a book or a beautifully printed piece on a wall, these photographs deserve to have a life outside the digital world.

Moved by this firm belief, I created Ricardo Serpa Art Collections as a well-thought online art gallery. These carefully chosen sets show images from my travels around the world as a professional photographer for over 30 years. Now that they are made available through the online gallery, I hope these photographs will start a life of their own.

They are offered in small limited editions, in three different sizes, with a signed and numbered Certificate of Authenticity included for each print. Select your favorite images, decide on sizes and finishing options, and have your artwork delivered to your door, ready to hang. It's an easy, safe and fast process, designed to make your online art purchasing a very satisfying and rewarding experience.

I invite you to browse the collections and learn a little more about my work. If you find an image that you like and would consider having at home, be assured nothing would make me more pleased. To me, it’s a way of sharing special and personal moments with people who can relate to how precious these life nuggets can be.

Enjoy your time here!

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Skies #27

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Trees #33

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Rocks #14

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Observations #24

A new addition to the gallery: Los Angeles, a few weeks ago. Should look great in acrylic glass or aluminum sheet printing. https://rsartcollections.com/collections/observations/products/observations-24

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Yellow Lines on my Left #54

So it’s time for the open road once again. I will do my very best to post a few images every now and then, and my friends are more than welcome to follow the journey here on FB, and also on my blog and Instagram. It is always good to read some friendly words when you are far away and have no one to talk to. I won’t be alone, though, for I’m bringing you all with me as I keep going. Stay well, and stay happy!

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Places #28

Looking West...

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A huge thank you for all the support! I wish I had the time to thank each one of you for the nice comments about the online gallery, and your interest in it. It feels great to see people this past couple of days. Please feel free to share the link with as many people as you may wish. Always much appreciated! https://rsartcollections.com/

rsartcollections.com Fine art photography for sale, in different sizes and framing options, by Brazilian photographer Ricardo Serpa. Online art gallery with images from Ricardo's travels around the world, most of them on a motorcycle. Travel, landscape and documentary fine art photography.

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I’m extremely happy to announce the immediate opening of RS Art Collections, an online gallery for my fine art photographic prints.

I had been looking for a long time, and couldn’t find the right website format to showcase medium and large format prints from my personal portfolio. This search is now over, and I can finally offer these select images for sale, knowing they will be delivered with the same kind of high quality and attention to detail I learned to appreciate when visiting some of the finest photo art galleries around the world.

The prints can be ordered in a variety of sizes, and finishing options include the ever classic wood frames, as well as acrylic and metal printing for a more contemporary look. Unframed prints are also available for those custom decor projects which ask for a personal framing solution.

The online gallery was designed to offer a clean and easy experience to visitors looking to enhance their homes with beautiful and unique images, the kind that will bring them the same satisfaction I experienced when making each one while traveling around the world and exploring near and far away lands and cultures.

I’m pleased to invite you to explore the gallery’s website. There you will find all the necessary information about each collection, the different printing options and everything about the purchasing process, which was made as simple and direct as it could possibly be. Shipping is free for a growing list of select countries as well, but I will leave the details for you to discover during your visit to the gallery.

For now, my deepest gratitude to all of you following my journeys and enjoying the images I’m bringing back. Please know it will be an immense honor to have some of my work displayed in your own homes, and be very welcome to RS Art Collections!

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IKEA #01

My very first cat picture, after only 30 years photographing professionally... Elusive animals!

Late afternoon stop at the 17-Mile Drive. It took me 20 years to come back here, and this place still feels kind of unreal.

Downtown Los Angeles, two minutes ago. Still nothing like Blade Runner, but pretty 21ts century anyway.

A challenging hill in northwestern Mongolia, one of the most beautiful places to ride a motorcycle and forget what's going on elsewhere. September of 2015.

A 1,000-mile road journey from Buenos Aires to Salta, back in March of '15. Two days on a road that didn't change much from this scene (this was probably accident number 12), raining almost non-stop. I've seen better roads, but the trip was fun and intense anyway...

Perpetual fight...

Another day saying so long in Cascais.

Lazy afternoon in Lisbon, a couple of days ago. The city has its own pace, and it's not a rushed one...

Lunch today in Cascais. Amazing location, extra-high surf, and an unexpected full shower by coffee time, after a rogue wave came crashing over the table. Not the one in the picture, but something way heavier. The iPhone survived, and so did I. A first for sure, and one for the books...

A few of the over 36,000 volumes at the Mafra Palace Library, from the mid-1700's. The books are kept well-preserved by hundreds of live bats, a very ingenious way to keep the bugs away. Good thing the library isn't open at night...

One very happy moment, almost five years ago already: arriving at home from my first solo Florida-Alaska-Florida trip, after 10 weeks on the road. I went up there again twice after that inaugural adventure, and there's a good chance the roads leading to the far North will see me crossing them once again sometime soon, but that first-time thrill will always be unbeatable.

Godspeed to all my fellow road-loving riders, wherever you are heading to! August, 2013.

Dutch symmetry. March, 2011.

Alcatraz. October, 2012.

Aladdin, population 15. June, 2014.

An odd party of five...

Walking through “The Light Inside”.

“I’ve seen this somewhere...” #ricardoserpa

Chaotic harmony. December, 2013.

From the shoulder, riding near Amarillo. March, 2013.

Still the newspaper archives: junkyard in Rio, 1992.

Rio's "Jornal do Brasil" is back, in printed daily editions, starting today. Once the standard for newspaper photography in Brazil, founded in 1891, JB went through some dark times and had his last edition printed back in 2010. I have no idea how solid this new start will become, but I'm wishing it the very best of luck from now on.

One random image from the good years I spent covering all kinds of news as a staff photographer there: after heavy rains hit the city and flooded the streets, kids were making a little extra money helping push stranded cars. I was lucky to capture the exact moment when boys would be boys and forget about the job at hand... 1991, with a Nikon F3 and Kodak Tri-X.

Ricardo Serpa's cover photo

Orix in the shadow. Namibia, March 2017

Hiding in plain sight. November, 2016, in northern Namibia.

Lines on the Map. Riding through Yellowstone for the first time. Memories in the making... June, 2013.

The gnu, or wildebeest. One of the "Ugly Five". Definitely not a beauty, but still impressing. Botswana, November 2016.

Cheetahs. Natural elegance. Namibia, March 2017.

Another one from the archives... 1993, for a photo essay about the popular botequins in Rio de Janeiro for "Domingo", the Sunday magazine from the "Jornal do Brasil". Had to resource to Wikipedia to try and explain what botequins are:

"Boteco or Botequim are terms derived from the Portuguese of Portugal "botica", (cognate with Castilian Spanish "bodega") which derives from the Greek "Apotheke", which means storage, grocery store or where goods were sold by retail.

In Portugal the "boteco" was a warehouse or store where groceries and offal were sold and the same meaning belongs to the Spanish bodega.

In Brazil, the boteco (buteco), or botequim, was traditionally known as a place where alcoholic beverages were sold, serving as a meeting place for "bohemians", who looked for a good drink, cheap snacks and a chat without obligation.

Alternatively, people in Brazil often refer to such an establishment as a bar; however, depending on the situation the more conventional meaning of this term, that of a watering hole, may also apply."

Front page photo for the "Jornal do Brasil" back in 1993, for a story on the cholera outbreak that took place in Rio that year. Boys enjoying a mid-week afternoon in one of the beaches that were closed to the public. Kodak Tri-X, poorly scanned in the late 90's.

And there goes the day...

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