brazil


goiás interiors III

“Due, maybe, to the fatalistic roads or to the shimmering quality of light in the high, semi-dry savanna of Central Brazil, we were quickly entering a mystic nation within a nation.  The first premonitions were in Pirenópolis, another historic gold-boom town like Goiás Velho, only more spiritual.” – To Belém […]


goiás interiors I

“If the state’s major tourist attraction was just a little too tacky, the economy of robust pink alligators too up and coming, the state of Goiás itself was fast growing on me.  I felt as though I had found an older and simpler Brazil, untouched and undisturbed by oceans and […]


manaus, the unique city 2

Truly, Manaus is other-worldly.  I visited for a glorious week a number of years ago.  It is the safest large city in Brazil to carry around an expensive digital camera: as no roads connect Manaus to anywhere, and the jungle is forbidding, the only escape for criminals is by boat […]


ariaú, amazon

One visits the Amazon to visit the jungle.  But how?  The most accessible way for the casual visitor are jungle hotels.  This one, the Ariaú Amazon Towers, is a two hour boat ride up Rio Negro from Manaus, visited some years ago.  They say it was Jacques Cousteau’s idea, back […]


tiradentes2belém film debut

Due to heavy rains the night of the film’s debut during the Mineiro launch of “To Belém & Back,” a re-debut is now scheduled in Tiradentes’s Cultural Center for Friday, Jan. 8th, at 7:30pm. The film, in many ways a simple love letter to the interior of Brazil, brings a […]


disneyland of art, take 4

Inhotim, a major gem in both Brazil and the contemporary art world, has Free Wednesdays.  I visited the other week, and my photography benefited from so many school children visiting on day trips from the state capital, Belo.  Photography, only recently, is now permitted inside galleries: a very welcome artistic […]


tiradentes book launch, photo exhibit, and film debut

You are cordially invited to a photo exhibit opening, a book launch and signing, and a short film debut followed by a Q & A with author/photographer Ben Batchelder afterwards.  (Para a convite em português, favor olhar em baixo o gráfico da convite imprimida.) The photo exhibit, named Tiradentes: Becos […]


boston and new york readings

Continuing the U.S. launch of To Belém & Back, there were three book events in mid-September on the Upper East Coast: a book club reading in Winchester, MA, followed by an open book launch event in Brookline, MA, followed by one in New York’s West Village.  Among the innovations for […]


“to belém & back” global launch

“To Belém & Back,” for its global launch in downtown São Paulo, Brazil, was honored by a large turnout for a one-night art intervention, which included a photo exhibit (of images from the journey), a pocket show by Brazilian star and singer Vanessa Bumagny, the book’s launch video, and book […]