'Nothing great has been accomplished without passion'
George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
photography has been my hobby since my childhood and I am completely addicted to it, I would take photos of anything.
Things I enjoy most
I have a great passion for travelling, gastronomy, good wines and home gardening.
I am incredibly thankful to all the nice people that I have met on Flickr. Thank you so much for passing by and for your much appreciated comments, favs, invitations and awards. Thank you for sharing your images and for making this site to learn and grow!
Please forgive me if I do not add everyone as a contact, unfortunately time prevents me for doing so; it’s not my personal willingness!
I make every effort to comment on those in my list and those who leave a comment on my photos.
All my photos are under strict copyright.
Please do not use any photo without my permission.
I started uploading my photos on March 11, 2007
Male - Taken - Sweden
- Flickr's Chosen Few ( F.C.F. ) [Closed] 13,443 photos, 3,749 members
- **Optical Excellence** The Very Best ( Level 2 ) Post 1 award 3 41,319 photos, 2,970 members
- GOTAS :: DROPS 19,958 photos, 2,645 members
- **Optical Excellence** ( Admin Invite Only ) 79,791 photos, 5,202 members
- Canon EOS 70D - Official Group 332,951 photos, 9,231 members
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- Finland, Finland, Finland 102,949 photos, 4,594 members
- Black & White Favorites 12,707 photos, 4,576 members
- #1 GOLD WILDLIFE/ Post 1 - Award 2 (P2-A4) with AWARD CODE! 130,667 photos, 8,369 members
- A Real Gem! - Post One ~ Award Three - 10,000+ Members Strong! 409,378 photos, 12,530 members
- Getty Images Call for Artists 409,140 photos, 105,545 members
- Pili's feathered friends ~ admin invite ~ P1/A2 5,813 photos, 304 members
- IRAN-ایران 1,022 photos, 64 members
- Best of Great Britain 69,559 photos, 5,806 members
- `Bokeh: Photo of the Day - NO DIRECT POSTING! 753 photos, 581 members
- Scotland P1/A2 - The Very Best Of Scotland - LEVEL 2 550 photos, 333 members
- Photography of Scotland 21,167 photos, 1,595 members
- VOKURO◘ 4,169 photos, 228 members
- A Square Excellence [texture image only] A1/P1 admin control 1,560 photos, 127 members
- Chariots of Artists (Level 3) 26,437 photos, 3,396 members
- Art Without End ... [P1/C3] 100,109 photos, 3,311 members
- ENCIENDE TU FANTASIA*INVITE PHOTO ONLY(P.1-C.3) 4,103 photos, 205 members
- BLACK AND WHITE ONLY! - (POST 1, MUST COMMENT 3) 157,220 photos, 6,995 members
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- A Square [No Frames - Award 1, please] 48,268 photos, 1,323 members
- *A Square GrayScale / Play Fair ,P1/A2 Please! 15,153 photos, 780 members
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- suomi1 34,381 photos, 1,162 members
- All About Perspective 16,313 photos, 386 members
- Vermeer Pearls.. (P1/A2) 91,663 photos, 4,169 members
- Richard's Flora and Fauna ~ not only Square 18,130 photos, 992 members
- !ADMIN TALK INTERNATIONAL (Admin-Invited Only) 131,352 photos, 5,247 members
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- Les fleurs du bien/ P1 A3 Admin control 8,209 photos, 605 members
- ***Tierra Madre*** / Admin Invite 2,706 photos, 163 members
- Cafe Elite 99,236 photos, 4,340 members
- Tributes to Horst *hb19 139 photos, 44 members
- In memory of hb19 186 photos, 46 members
- Fine Gold 1,471,203 photos, 38,848 members
- HEARTS all HEARTS 46,374 photos, 11,806 members
- Crazy Heart (Post 1-Comment 4) 3,903 photos, 953 members
- Photographer's Choice~Hall of Fame (Invitation) 22,249 photos, 2,449 members
- The Power Of Colors 39,689 photos, 1,331 members
- Square Anarchy (closed) 6,968 photos, 286 members
- MuLTi MeGa SQuaRe 64,014 photos, 1,319 members
- The PARAGON Gallery~Admin Invite - P1/A2-no heavy texture!! 13,771 photos, 830 members
- Shield Of Excellence - Level 1 (p1/a3) 502,156 photos, 40,610 members
- The lilac Symphony, post 1 - award 2 16,586 photos, 3,037 members
- Sail the Seven Seas (Admin invite only)Post1~Award3 36,268 photos, 1,203 members
pieceoflace photography says:
"What can I say about who is probably the genuinely nicest person here on flickr that you already don't know if he's one of your contacts. If not, he should be. Richie not only has some of the finest photos you'll find on flickr, or anywhere, but is truly one of the kindest and sweetest persons you'll ever want to meet here. Simply put, Richie is the kind of person that makes flickr what it is. Without him, it wouldn't be the same for me....thank you for that and your friendship.
PS...I forgot to mention Richie is a creative genius.
Big hugs & kisses...
September 25th, 2009
"I have been thinking and planning for months to write few lines and pay my gratitude and tribute to my good friend, co-administrator and my right hand to administrate HAND-PICKED MASTERPIECE GUILD
Richie has recently helped me with his brilliant ideas and to revise group’s lay-out, graphic work and designing group’s new awards and codes. Thank you so much Richie for all your endless assistance. You are not only a great friend, a kind person but a brilliant artist and what a talented photographer.
Richie your creative work and images are far beyond fantastic. They are so full of colour and life!
Richie has one of the finest galleries I have seen here on Flickr I am so glad to have him as a friend and fellow administrator. He is one of the best! Please do not miss the chance to visit his gallery and you too will love his photography and superb work as I do!
Thank you Richie for what you are and for sharing your beautiful work!"
March 14th, 2009
"Some of the best photos I have seen on Flickr have been right here!! His bird shots are some of the most impressive shots I have seen :) His photographic talent is boundless and I encourage everyone to come and see these amazing and vivid photographs!"
January 6th, 2008
Zeetz Jones says:
"One of my favorite contacts lives all the way in Stockholm, Sweden. He was among my very first friends after joining flickr. He would always be among the first to comment on my photos ~ personalized, sincere and uplifting comments. I never knew his real name except that he was goraiapick to me. Only lately I finally knew that this gentleman is Richie Silván.
Richie’s images are so vivid and sharp that I’d always think I am viewing them on HDTV. No kidding. He’s an amazing artist who can capture animated hummingbirds in crystal clear photos. His shots of nature around him are awe-inspiring. He creates magic in all the things he captures. Visit his photostream and you’ll know what I mean.
Stay cool as you’ve always been, Richie. Glad to have known you!"
December 31st, 2007
Grandpa Carl 1929 says:
"This man is a true artist, as you will recognize if you pay attention to his photos. As far as I know, photography is only a hobby for him, but he has all the marks of a professional photographer. His understanding of color and composition, especially, bespeaks the eye and heart of one who has mastered this art. He can transform the ordinary into extraordinary.
It was my good fortune to become acquainted with Goraiapick here on Flickr. At my age, I can hardly hope to reach his kind of proficiency, but his support has meant so much to me that I will keep trying.
Thank you, sir, for being my friend, and keep up the good work!"
December 27th, 2007
William Dalton says:
""Nothing great has been accomplished without passion"
This is the first line in Richie's (aka goraiapick) Flickr profile. What a wonderul and appropriate quote for a man who demonstrates both greatness and passion in his photography. Richie is a master in turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. Just look at his photograph of a bird feeding on seed from a glass plated feeder. What sounds mundane by description, Richie turned into an extraordinary work of delicate light, form and color. Time and time again he demonstrates his ability to photograph nature in all its beauty and form. Richie is a true treasure to have as a very special Flickr friend!"
December 14th, 2007
"So many beautiful works of art and so little time to entirely absorb their beauty and grace. This comes as no exaggeration when I say you a true master of the lens.
Your work inspires me to look longer and observe better before I shoot. Thank you for all the wonderful and joyous works you share."
October 5th, 2007
- March 2006
- I am:
- Male and Taken