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THE PROJECT

Seeds and Tales is a fine-art print photography project by Riccardo Riccio in collaboration with the Brazilian agro-ecological company Trovão Tropical. Together, they embarked on an extraordinary journey in Brazil and immersed themselves in native communities, accomplishing the mission to collect seeds that hold enchanting stories within.

Using the ultramacro technique, Ricardo Riccio skillfully captured the essence and beauty of these remarkable seeds. Each photograph showcases the intricate details, textures, and colors that make every seed unique and captivating.

 

The resulting collection of photographs has been transformed into fine art prints, whose sale proceeds go in part to supporting urban gardens and Indigenous communities in Brazil.

 

All the species depicted in the project were donated, exchanged and finally planted in order to fulfill their ecological function in the quest for food sovereignty, genetic preservation of endangered species and recovery of biomes. The Seeds and Tales project does more than just contemplatively portray the wonders of the natural world, it preserves ancestral tales and magnifies the universe of potential in these tiny gems.

phaseolus lunatus

seed 4. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

pterodon emarginatus

seed 41. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

zea mays

seed 30. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

hymenaea courbaril

seed 23. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

albizia pedicellaris

seed 49. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.
Creation

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

achyrocline satureioides

seed 220. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

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seed 194. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

zea mays

seed 64. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

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mays

mauritia flexuosa

seed 105. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

paspalum stellatum

seed 197. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

Brazil's vast and diverse land poses an infinite and complex challenge when it comes to defining its cultural and natural essence. Over the course of a year, we traveled through the continent-sized lands of Brazil and uncovered the most rare and unique seeds in a journey that took us from the northwest region of Acre State all the way to Rio de Janeiro.

seed 220. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

RESEARCH

Our search for these seeds began with engaging in conversations with diverse groups of "seed guardians", which are individuals dedicated to collecting and trading seeds, genetic collectors, and indigenous communities. Obtaining the seeds came through various means, including donations, trades for other seeds, and purchases. The final selection of seeds was meticulously made, taking into consideration each seed's distinctiveness, aesthetic appeal, and cultural significance.

seed 194. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

SELECTION

Our goal is to portray each seed in the most captivating manner possible. To achieve this, the photographer Riccardo Riccio used focus-stacking with an ultra macro lens. This combination of techniques has enabled him to masterfully highlight the unique beauties, colors and textures present in every seed, resulting in fine-art prints that mesmerize and captivate the viewer.

seed 64. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

PHOTOGRAPH

Focus stacking is a technique that involves photographing the same object from various distances, capturing it in up to 50 different shots. Each photograph, separated by mere millimeters, meticulously focuses on different aspects of the seed. The true magic happens when these images are skillfully layered in Photoshop, resulting in an incredibly sharp final composition that seemingly comes to life with a striking 3D-like quality.

seed 105. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

TECHNIQUE

Macrophotography offers a captivating world of extreme close-ups, allowing us to delve into the intricate details of small objects.  By utilizing specialized lenses designed for ultra close-up photography, we magnify small seeds beyond life-size proportions. This technique unveils astonishing details, revealing the hidden marvels of even microscopic seeds.

seed 197. A fine art project of prints of Indigenous Brazilian seeds, photographed using ultramacro technology.

ULTRA MACRO

SELECTION
RESEARCH
PHOTOGRAPH
TECHNIQUE
ULTRAMACRO
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Free shipping to Brazil and the European Union | Sizes: Small (40cmx40cm), Medium (80cmx80cm), and Large (120cmx120cm)

With every purchase, a portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting urban gardens and Indigenous communities in Brazil 

Each print comes with a descriptive text of the seed with its history and cultural importance | Only 30 prints per seed will be made

Printed with Baryté Hahnemühle Photo Rag ®️ Baryta 315g paper, delivering brilliance and precision in every detail | Frame Not Included

Riccardo Riccio

RICCARDO RICCIO

Riccardo Riccio, a renown Brazilian-Italian photographer, shares through Seeds and Tales that, "seeds have been a timeless form of currency among humans since ancient times. Seeds carry the beginning of life, and the history of its people".

With Seeds and Tales, he portrays the captivating beauty and historical legacy of endangered indigenous seeds in Brazil and South America. Through ultramacro photography, each fine art print achieves unparalleled contrast, intricate details, and breathtaking sharpness.

This remarkable project unites Riccardo's two passions - Photography and Nature. With every picture, he constructs a bridge between nature's wonders and the viewer, inviting you to embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting world of Seeds and Tales.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Riccardo
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TROVÃO TROPICAL

Trovão Tropical is an agroecological lifestyle company based in Rio de Janeiro that carries out and manages socio-environmental projects. They guide their initiatives by the desire for genuine food sovereignty and freedom in both rural and urban environments.


For this, they employ syntropic agroforestry planting techniques combined with native stingless beekeeping. An exceptional synergy is created with this method, one which is capable of boosting abundance – while regenerating degraded soils and recovering springs, they promote horizontal and integrated relationships with our planet's natural processes.


Their organization is plural and acts as an incubator of ideas, with initiatives in the areas of audiovisual, editorial, documentary, adventure sports and cultural production.

THE CONCEPT

Trovão
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Mirna Wabi-Sabi is a non-fiction writer and the founder of the Plataforma9 initiative, which focuses on innovation in multilingual digital communication, publication, and education. She oversees the publishing of bilingual pocket books, articles of political analysis, photo-journalistic series, and a media literacy course. Plataforma9's mission is to utilize narrative to spark constructive shifts in our troubled society.

 

Seeds and Tales delivers a stunningly constructive shift in perspective, by transmitting the focus of the audience towards something so valuable yet often overlooked, the seed. As a writer and editor, Mirna contextualized the ancient tale which orbits each of these subjects.

MIRNA WABI-SABI

THE WRITER

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