Photographs of Snakes Captured on Coloured Paper

Andrew Mcgibbon is a South Africa-based photographer and the author of an extraordinary series of photographs titled “Slitherstition” where he captures the various species of snakes on a vibrant colour background.  Andew is a photographer of great talent and his series of photos always captive me. However, his latest series “Slitherstition” is actually the best I’ve seen from him yet.

In his latest series Andrew captures the various species of snakes and emphasise their beauty using coloured paper as a contrast background. It’s really interesting to see how Ivory Ball Python, Forest Cobra or other species of snakes look like on a red, yellow or light blue background. It seems that a vivid background perfectly emphasises the beauty of these brilliant but scary creatures.

However, the main idea behind this series of photographs is slightly different. “These images, then, are a result of my attempts to break down our suppositions of the animal. Photographed with warm light on bright colours, I am looking at their enchanting beauty and design, and their vulnerability, as creatures simply existing outside of the buckling pressure of the evil they are meant to represent. As with all victims of an ‘othering’ process, the serpent deserves a second look, beyond its slithering and dark hypnosis.”, explains Andrew Mcgibbon.

As we can understand from the Andrew’s words, this series of photos should not only emphasise the visual beauty of snakes, but also change our stereotypical perception towards them. Don’t know whether these images will be able to change your perception towards snakes, however the beauty of these photographs will definitely amaze you.

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Ivory Ball Python – Python regius

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Common File Snake – Gonionotophis capensis capensis

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Albino Burmese Python – Python bivittatus

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Forest Cobra – Naja  melanoleuca

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Ball Python – Python regis

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Rainbow Boa – Epicrates cenchria

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Berg Adder – Bitis atropos

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Common File Snake – Gonionotophis capensis capensis

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Coral Snake – Aspidelaps lubricus lubricus

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Horned Adder – Bitis caudalis

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Gaboon Viper – Bitis gabonica

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Corn Snake Sun Glow – Pantherophis guttatus

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Albino Nelson’s Milk Snake  – Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni

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Common File Snake – Gonionotophis capensis capensis

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Albino Burmese Python – Python bivittatus

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GreenMamba – Dendroaspis angusticeps

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Puff Adder – Bitis arientans

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Southern African Rock Python – Python natalensis

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Copperhead – Agkistrodon contortrix

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Forest Cobra – Naja  melanoleuca

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GaboonViper – Bitis gabonica

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GreenMamba – Dendroaspis angusticeps

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Puebian Milk Snake – Lampropeltis triangulum campbelli

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Albino Nelson’s Milk Snake  – Lampropeltis triangulum nelsoni

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Grey banded king snake – Lampropeltis alterna

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Grey Rat Snake – Pantherophis spiloides

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Burmese Python – Python bivittatus

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Puff Adder – Bitis arientans

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Rhombic Egg Eater – Dayspeltis scabra

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White lipped tree viper – Trimeresurus albolabris

Behind the scenes

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