For the last 27 years, renowned reptile and amphibian photographer Matthijs Kuijpers has been traveling the world to immortalize the rarest and most bizarre species on Earth. The colorful, and often endangered, animals are strikingly beautiful and Kuijpers captures their unique characteristics through his incredible animal portraits. Cold Instinct is the culmination of a lifetime of work, with Kuijpers pushing himself to extremes to take his photographs.
Passionate about cold-blooded animals from childhood, Kuijpers has now photographed more than 1,500 species. He’s constantly on the look for new and interesting reptiles and amphibians to photograph, driven by the fact that each year around 18,000 new species are discovered. Through his work, Kuijpers is providing a time capsule of our ecosystem and racing against the clock to document these species that risk extinction.
“What I want to show in my photos is the essence of the animal,” shared Kuijpers. “I hope to remove misconceptions and fear that many commonly have in regards to coldblooded animals.”
Through Kuijpers’ photos, viewers are able to explore the world of reptiles and amphibians from a new perspective. His portraits allow for a detailed examination of and appreciation for the physiognomy of each animal. Striking and exotic, these animals play a fundamental role in ecosystems around the world. And thanks to Kuijpers, they are now getting the spotlight they deserve.
Kuijpers’ first book, Cold Instinct, is an incomparable collection of over 70 portraits of cold-blooded animals. From the Amazon to Africa and beyond, these exotic and bizarre animals are given their due respect in this stunning art book. Through the publication, Kuijpers hopes that people will look beyond their fears and stereotypes of reptiles and amphibians. Desperately in need of protection as climate change, poaching, and pollution threaten their existence, the cold-blooded creatures have a champion through the photographer.
Cold Instinct is currently available for pre-order via Indiegogo.