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An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

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“People are often killed for false, superstitious beliefs and prejudice, the same way snakes are,” Andrew McGibbon told BuzzFeed News.

South African photographer Andrew McGibbon had always thought that the common idea of snakes as the symbol of evil was just unfair.

“In Christian, Muslim, and Zulu traditions, you can trace the snake to a prominent story of evil,” McGibbon told BuzzFeed News. “I think it deserves a second look.”

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

Andrew Mcgibbon

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

 

With his photographic series “Slitherstition,” McGibbon looks to deconstruct the superstition around the snake, to remove the impulsive fear reaction and reveal how beautiful they really are.

“People project premeditated, murderous thoughts onto this animal because of thousands of years of superstition and symbolism.”

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

Andrew Mcgibbon

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

 

“I don’t think the hiss or slither really helps their case much,” McGibbon admitted, “but they don’t have any malicious intention, they are just trying to defend themselves.”

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

Andrew Mcgibbon

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

 

“I myself am terrified of snakes,” the photographer admitted. “But when I removed the danger aspect I was just in awe.”

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

Andrew Mcgibbon

He said that in South Africa, whenever a snake is found it is instantly killed, less because of any actual danger but because it symbolizes evil and bad omens.

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

Andrew Mcgibbon

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

 

“Like the snake, people are often killed for false, superstitious beliefs, fear, and prejudice,” McGibbon said. “Superstition at its worse is horribly destructive. With this project I wanted to destroy superstition.”

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

Andrew Mcgibbon

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

 

McGibbon has been a photographer for about a decade and often photographs animals out of their natural habitats, but he said that the snakes required a particular amount of patience and preparedness.

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

Andrew Mcgibbon

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

 

“The Green Mamba, which is super deadly, slithered up my tripod and rested its head my camera for about ten minutes,” McGibbon told BuzzFeed News. “It didn’t take any pictures, though.”

An Artist Took A Gorgeous Photo Series Of Snakes To Deconstruct "Slitherstitions"

Andrew Mcgibbon

Source: buzzfeed.com