Tom & Leviathan


This portrait is possibly my personal favorite that I’ve ever taken.  The subject is my childhood friend, Tom, with his pet burmese python, Leviathan.  I think our close friendship of many years naturally established the intense connection between camera and subject.

For some reason, other people that were around the studio that day were surprised by the snake.  He was only about 10 feet long then; I haven’t seen Tom in a few years, so I don’t know if Leviathan is still around or how big he is now.  One of the last times I saw him, there was a chicken running around in his enclosure, soon to be his next meal.

There is no retouching on this image aside from color correction.