Sharp: Dangerous beauty

By Angelina Puschkarski

Guido Mocafico, Serpens: Agkistrodon contortrix, 2002, © Guido Mocafico, courtesy of Hamiltons
Guido Mocafico, Serpens: Agkistrodon contortrix, 2002, © Guido Mocafico, courtesy of Hamiltons

 

Explore the most dangerous creatures, photographed across the world, in Hamiltons fourth exclusively online exhibitionGuido Mocafico’s trilogy VenenumSerpens, Aranea and Medusa is showing venomous creatures out of their natural habitat in a vivid close up.

Serpens depicts a vast collection of snakes, including vipers and cobras; Aranea, a selection of tarantulas from the Theraphoside family and Medusa, a beguiling yet unnerving selection of jellyfish.

Guido Mocafico, Serpens: Elaphe guttata, 2003, © Guido Mocafico, courtesy of Hamiltons
Guido Mocafico, Serpens: Elaphe guttata, 2003, © Guido Mocafico, courtesy of Hamiltons

 

Mocafico‘s intention is to provoke a reaction – his images incite the most conflicting of human emotions, which he himself experienced whilst photographing.

I have always been terrified by these reptiles, but I also find them terribly fascinating. I felt a sort of repulsion-attraction for these living creatures.”

His vivid portrayal of the creatures highlighted against a black background plays with a combination of repugnance yet admiration for their beauty – dangerous and dark.

Visit http://www.hamiltonsgallery.com/exhibitions/95/overview until May 13th for dark encounters with the world’s most beautiful and respectful creatures.