I’ve always thought snakes were really cool. Especially their eyes, with that unblinking stare, and the colors and patterns of their skin. Many of them possess an iridescent quality to their skin that in the right light is beautiful.
As a boy growing up in Connecticut, boys being boys, my friends and I were always on the lookout for snakes. We had one favorite place to catch what we knew as black racers. The name fit too, because besides being black, duh, they were FAST! We would catch them, keep them as “pets” for a while, and then release them back into the wild. The keeping was never as much fun as the catching though, the thrill of the hunt and all that. The one thing I never got used to while chasing them was one of their defense mechanisms. When we would come upon them the would vibrate their tails against the dry grass and sound EXACTLY like a rattle snake. And since the thought that we did have rattle snakes in Connecticut was always in the back of my mind, their rattling made my heart skip a beat every single time.
Anyway, since picking up a camera I’ve had an idea for photographs of snakes rattling around in the back of my head. I didn’t want the entire snake, just the eyes and close-ups showing the colors and patterns in the skin. After a quick search and an ad placed on craigslist, I was in business. I didn’t come away with every image I had in mind, but I still have a few contacts in the reptile world, and plan to complete my slithering vision soon.
Snake Eyes. It doesn’t get more “unusual” than that!