Even if I don’t like snakes, I must admit how beautiful they are. This series of photographies by Guido Mocafico of snakes in a box is absorbingly beautiful, the twisting pattern and colors of the snakes is incredible.
“The first time I photographed a snake up close, I nearly fainted. I’d always found them terrifying, but also fascinating—an attraction-repulsion I think most people experience when they encounter beautiful animals that creep or crawl. My goal with this series is to explore that intersection of human emotions.”
“Each photography session takes about 45 minutes. The expert corrals the snakes into a cloth-lined, clear plastic-sided box. Then I stand two feet away, pull back the top, point my camera—I still prefer the look of film—and wait for patterns and curves to emerge.
This series has been good therapy and education for me: I can handle snakes now and have learned a lot about different species. But I’ve learned most by watching people react to these images. Their fear and desire reveals something primal about our species.”
Looking at these photography, there is nothing inherently scary about these reptiles and on the contrary, they are gorgeous. By elevating snakes into art, Guido Mocafico makes us look, really look, at the mesmerizing source of our fear.