200 pages, 100 colour photos
Photographer Mark Laita unveils a pantheon of surreal, twisted and beautiful snakes in this electrifying collection. Inciting both allure and alarm, rearing king cobras, shining pastel pythons and vibrant green vipers slither across the page.
From the iridescent blue Malaysian coral snake to the candy cane striped albino Honduran milksnake, the aptly named beautiful pit viper and the sinister black mamba, the world's most dangerous and gorgeous snakes are pictured in Serpentine, showing off their fascinating colours and textures as well as the sensual forms their movement creates.
Through Laita's lens, there is nothing they can do, no position they can take, that fails to be anything but mesmerising. Accompanying Mark's images is an illuminating essay by William T. Vollmann, winner of the 2005 National Book Award for fiction. Vollmann delves deeply into the mythology and symbolism of the serpents that haunt our collective human imagination, exploring themes of beauty, danger and evil.
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Mark Laita has spent most of his career exploring and documenting elements of nature and American cultures. His work has been exhibited at galleries in the United States and Europe, and is included in many public and private collections. His distinctive still life photography has been used in advertising for a long list of commercial clients, including Sony, Adidas, BMW, and Apple. His noncommissioned work has also been widely exhibited, and his flower images recently featured in a series of stamps for the United States Postal Service. He is represented by Fahey/Klein