To some, the sight of a snake triggers terror and fear. Rest assured, these colorful, undulating beauties are safe to hold in your hands now that they have been captured on film by nature photographer extraordinaire Mark Laita. Each image looks like calligraphy and one has to marvel at the patience and skill necessary in waiting for the subjects to strike that perfect pose. The snakes are exquisite in every detail, each with a signature color, pattern, and texture that range from sleek, jet black to a rough, intricate mosaic reminiscent of ancient Rome. The introductory essay by National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann reflects societal perceptions of serpents as well as his own. Sporadically peppered through the book are philosophical quotes regarding evil and enemies. Perhaps after viewing these spectacular photos, that terror and fear may transform into awe and respect. -- Cheryl Ryan— From July 2013
About the Author
Mark Laita has spent most of his career photographing nature and American cultures. His work has been exhibited at many galleries in the United States and Europe. Laita is also the author of Abrams' Sea. He lives in Los Angeles. William T. Vollmann is a novelist, journalist, short story writer, essayist, and winner of the National Book Award. He lives in Sacramento.