Snakes. While many quite rightly fear them, these misunderstood creatures are undeniably beautiful in their own right.
Photographer Mark Laita set out to capture that beauty for his book Serpentine.hotographer Mark Laita set out to capture that beauty for his book Serpentine.
The book is a collection of beautifully lit snakes against a black background, in order to best bring out the stunning colors and textures of the serpents.
And while it may be of great interest to snake lovers and herpetologists alike, the author insists the work is to be viewed as art.
One of the snakes selected for the book was the deadly black mamba, a highly aggressive and venomous snake from the African continent. Despite safety precautions during the shoot, an accident occurred while the owner went to retrieve the snake with a hook. The hook instead snagged a red photographic cable that was nearby, this spooked the mamba which then lashed out at the photographer’s leg. Blood began to gush from the wound and Laita immediately feared the worst.
Survival of Black Mamba bites without treatment are so rare, Laita’s case even gets a mention on the black mamba’s Wikipedia page. The whole episode makes for an incredible story and yes, the black mamba that could’ve killed the author did indeed make it into the book.
Check out some of the amazing images from the book below and let us know what you think!