Guido Mocafico – Medusa
In 2005, Swiss photographer Guido Mocafico released a box set of books through Steidl entitled Venenum. The set contained three books; a book of snakes (Serpens), a book of tarantulas (Aranea) and a book of jellyfish (Medusa). This project showed that even the things that can strike fear in to the heart of most people can be beautiful. The box set was limited to 1200 copies, which sold out quickly, but fortunately for those that missed out (like myself) the books were released individually. My favourite of the books is Medusa, the images of jellyfish inside are captivating; each species is exquisitely lit and photographed against a pitch black backdrop so that they look like they are floating in an endless void. The colour, size and shape of the jellyfish are so diverse and some are reminiscent of coloured photos you see of galaxies. Another great aspect of this book is that at the end of the book is a description of each species, including their size and where they are most commonly found, the book functions as both a work of art and a reference book.