Rectangular Serpents by Guido Mocafico
Sometimes even small changes to how we’re used to see things make them look surprisingly artistic. Italian photographer Guido Mocafico simply changed the shape in which the serpents usually curl, and it makes his pictures truly eye-catching. Guido placed the snakes in black cardboard boxes and snapped his photos from above, thus capturing his cold-blooded models in unnatural rectangular shapes. In combination with the vibrant colors of the snakes against the black background, his Serpens series are very elegant and even Zen-like.
One could trace the influences of Guido’s commercial work that might’ve contributed to the aesthetics of the Serpens. Born in Switzerland in 1962 and currently working in Paris, Guido is a still-life pro and has been featured in magazines like Numéro, Numéro Homme, Paradis, V Mag, Vogue US, Vogue France, Men’s Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and such. Besides, he’s done work for such major fashion and beauty brands like Gucci, Chanel, Clarins, Shiseido, YSL, Clinique, Dior, Bvlgari, Armani and Hermès. Clearly these works must’ve given him the idea of turning something that’s often feared and disliked into something orderly and chic.
If you were also mesmerized by Guido’s work, these pictures are also available as a hardcover book!