Mark Laita: Serpentine Series

For his Serpentine series, Los Angeles based fine art photographer Mark Laita photographed more than 100 of the world’s most dangerous serpents – from the Coral Snake and the Honduran Milk Snake to the Albino Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and the Black Pakistan Cobra – Man has always been fascinated not only by the symbolism and the mythology of the snake, but also by its dangerous aura and its elegant grace.

This dichotomy impressively amalgamates in the photographs by Mark Laita, in which the wide range of colors, the peculiar surface structure of the skin, and the majesty of the snake that is unrivaled in nature, are stately displayed.

‘The sensual attractiveness of snakes, which coexists with their threatening, unpredictable and mysterious nature is truly unique. This dichotomy, in which their beauty seems to be heightened by their danger, and vice-versa, is what I find so fascinating. Add to these contradictions the rich symbolism of serpents and you have a wonderfully compelling subject’.

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