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�A beautiful photographic book featuring bizarre shots of snakes, iguanas, geckos, frogs & more. �
�A beautiful photographic book featuring bizarre shots of snakes, iguanas, geckos, frogs & more. �
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COLD INSTINCT: the Most Astonishing Reptiles and Amphibians

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COLD INSTINCT is the first book released by the world renowned amphibian and reptile photographer, Matthijs Kuijpers. This publication is a photographic nature book of unparalleled quality, featuring shots of bizarre, rare and endangered reptiles and amphibians. Through Matthijs’ enigmatic photographs, you will witness the savage and breathtaking beauty of these animals. 

This book is an incomparable collection of some of the most peculiar species that have ever crawled or slithered on the Earth; some of which are carefully dwelling in the most hidden crevices of the Planet!

From top to bottom: Giant monkey frog, Two-headed corn snake, Green Keel-bellied lizard, Plumed basilisk, Smooth helmeted iguana
From top to bottom: Giant monkey frog, Two-headed corn snake, Green Keel-bellied lizard, Plumed basilisk, Smooth helmeted iguana

Fierce but fragile, this book allows you to see these animals in their true form: explore the shocking diversity of the herpetofauna through more than 70 captivating portraits of cold blooded species.  

The COLD INSTINCT book has two foldout spreads: one featuring photographs of lizards and another one featuring four cobra portraits.
The COLD INSTINCT book has two foldout spreads: one featuring photographs of lizards and another one featuring four cobra portraits.

THE GOAL 

Our vision: we want to publish an art book on nature of the highest quality, a collectable coffee table book with dramatic and captivating photography. 

Support us so you can release the sought after book by Matthijs. All Kickstarter pledges are introduction prices to The Cold Instinct Series, so you can be sure that you will get an exceptional deal in the funding phase.

Matthijs is an award-winning photographer who has been published worldwide on National Geographic, BBC wildlife magazine, Netflix, The Guardian, Time Magazine and Discovery Channel - just to name a few.

Fuelled by his childhood passion, Matthijs left school to go to Madagascar and work with reptiles and amphibians; 27 years on Matthijs has become an expert photographer in his field. He is relentless, never failing to pick up his camera despite the number of dangerous encounters he has incurred.  

Armoured giants, venomous toads and other crawling creatures: Matthijs owns a vast collection of reptile and amphibian photographs; and by vast... we mean really immense: he has photographed an impressive 1500 species and counting. He’s one of the few people owning such a powerful compilation of coldblooded fauna. 

Incredibly diverse and rarely seen: In COLD INSTINCT, Matthijs has selected his greatest shots and the most extraordinary species he came across, to showcase a comprehensive selection of his body of work. His aim is to capture the pure essence of the animals, and he does that by completely removing the environment and habitat.

CHILL WITH THE PHOTOGRAPHER - THE COLD INSTINCT PODCAST

Get to know Matthijs through this live interview recorded by Atellani as he answers the questions so many of you might have wanted to ask him yourself. 

During this photographic project, Matthijs has a mission: he wants to counteract the common stereotypes associated with these colourful animals. He would like us to abandon the fear and negative thoughts that often surround them. What’s left is the bizarre beauty of the reptiles and amphibians, in their simplest form, no backgrounds and no distractions. 

Matthijs creates a close relationship with his subjects when photographing  - but you will be astonished rather than fearful, and you might just find yourself feeling intrigued.

Matthijs is the Dutch Crocodile Dundee. He is one of the most passionate herpers out there. He has traveled the world through mountains and deserts to capture the rarest and most endangered cold blooded specimens, from the rain forests of Cameroon to the Dragon island of Komodo. He’s been on the trail of the most venomous and poisonous reptiles on the planet.

A true master of camouflage: mossy frog (Theloderma corticale)
A true master of camouflage: mossy frog (Theloderma corticale)

This snake charmer’s lifestyle needs special equipment, so Kuijpers has two portable studios for different situations. One is for extreme locations without electricity and one is for travelling light. The other studio is a little bigger, (still portable), equipped with studio lights and used for conservation parks.

Matthijs and his wife and two daughters also care for a number of diverse animals at home and they share his passion by fully supporting him on his endeavors.

From top to bottom: Collet snake, Mount Hanang chameleon, Malayan horned frog
From top to bottom: Collet snake, Mount Hanang chameleon, Malayan horned frog

Did you know that about 86% of species on Earth are still waiting to be found? Most of those creatures could become extinct before we get a chance to discover them. Every year, approximately 18,000 new species are discovered and classified. We believe that about 20,000 species go extinct annually. 

The geographic range of the coldblooded animals featured in the book
The geographic range of the coldblooded animals featured in the book

Amphibians might look scary at first, but they are much more vulnerable than they appear. Their survival is challenged daily by threats of climate change, pollution and poaching. Habitat loss is the greatest threat to cold species in Europe. 

Some reptiles and amphibians have cleverly adapted to the threatening conditions, but they are in constant need of protection. Our hope is to create awareness of just how much these little guys need our attention. We need to know how we can help protect them; but for that, we must learn more about them.

The Eastern collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris collaris).They are able to run on their hind legs and reach 25 km/h!
The Eastern collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris collaris).They are able to run on their hind legs and reach 25 km/h!

We wanted to give you the kind of book that we would want to buy for ourselves; that’s why we chose to print and produce it 100% in Italy. We worked side by side with our Italian supplier to test different paper and printing samples with a unique binding technique to ensure we deliver the best product possible.   

HERE ARE ALL THE COLD FACTS ABOUT THE BOOK

  • Portrait Format - Dimension 300x240 mm 
  • 200 gr finest Italian paper of highest quality and brilliance
  • 152 edge printed pages
  • 5 color offset prints, with every text printed in silver Pantone
  • 72 beautiful images of rare and endangered species
  • 8 colourful index pages of the species with all the classifications
  • 2 gatefold spreads with 4 snake and 4 lizard portraits
  • Animal print embossed hard cover
  • Flat-opening Swiss binding 
The designer & editor team at work
The designer & editor team at work

The COLD INSTINCT photography book is bound using a traditional Swiss method. It's a perfect binding technique, which will allow your book to lay flat when open on a table. 


With this sleek technique, the spine is not attached to the cover and the cloth lining is intentionally exposed. This is a high quality binding that makes our books more durable: you can flip through it as many times as you want, your book cover won't get worn-out or damaged! 

Original hand drawn embossed cover and custom illustrations for the COLD Instinct series
Original hand drawn embossed cover and custom illustrations for the COLD Instinct series
COLD Instinct is a photographic encyclopedia: you will find the description of each species featured in the book.
COLD Instinct is a photographic encyclopedia: you will find the description of each species featured in the book.

We've got some COOL wall art for you!

Have a look at this colorful series featuring Matt's photography. Choose from a wide variety of art prints and dazzle your herper friends with the vibrant colors and cute little mugs. 

Let's face it: these little guys know how to show their true colors.

This reward comes with the Reptaholic bundle. Get your hands on one of our mesmerising posters, available in 5 different iconic images; perfect for decorating your reptile room, classroom, office or home!  

This reward comes with the Reptaholic bundle. 1 calendar, 12 colourful species! Our desktop calendar comes with a beautiful all-black heavy cardboard stand. Every month features a different animal from the book.  

These rewards include a copy of the Cold Instinct book and your art print of choice!

Incredible colours and details, dramatic light effects: our high quality photographic papers will make these nature portraits come alive. 

You can choose from two high quality options: 

  • Museum-grade matte art paper
  • Silver metallic matte print that produces dazzling 3d effects.

The prints are available in two different sizes:

Small Limited Edition Print [A3 - 297 x 420 mm - 11.7 x 16.5 in]
Large Limited Edition Print [A1 - 594 x 841 mm - 23.4 x 33.1 in]

Each copy is signed and numbered by Matthijs.

All art prints will be shipped in a protective cardboard tube. You will receive your copy of Cold Instinct in a separate shipment.   

Order your art print featuring one of these cold blooded species: Siamese peninsula pit viper, Purple harlequin toad, Western blue-tongued skink, Emerald tree monitor, Mangshan pit viper, Giant bronze gecko, Spiny bush viper
Order your art print featuring one of these cold blooded species: Siamese peninsula pit viper, Purple harlequin toad, Western blue-tongued skink, Emerald tree monitor, Mangshan pit viper, Giant bronze gecko, Spiny bush viper

This giant art print combines a 12-color printing process with an innovative hanging system and it has a beautiful satin finish with incredibly vivid colours. The artwork comes with an invisible wall mount: this unique hanging system will let you enjoy your artwork to the max!

Order your giant art print featuring one of these cold blooded species: Guiana shield leaf toad, Siamese peninsula pit viper, Spider-tailed horned viper, Horned bush viper, Spiny bush viper
Order your giant art print featuring one of these cold blooded species: Guiana shield leaf toad, Siamese peninsula pit viper, Spider-tailed horned viper, Horned bush viper, Spiny bush viper

Our stretch goal - COLD INSTINCT Deluxe version

This premium case will have a beautiful embossed cover and the title will be printed in golden hot foil to match the hard cover of the book. The inner sleeve of the case features a snake photograph in the lining; a magnet flap provides a secure and pleasant closure and the black satin ribbon helps you remove the book from the cover with care. 

All our books produced here on Kickstarter are limited editions, but the deluxe edition will include an exclusive, numbered and signed copy of the book in an elegant case of which as few as 100 copies will be produced. 100% Made in Italy.

  • book case
  • numbered and signed by Matthijs

Funding required to unlock this stretch goal: $30 000

For centuries Italian bookbinders have been world famous for being the best in their field. From monastic scriptures to encyclopedia they produced masterpieces through attention to quality and details.

Despite heritage, one of the many reasons we chose an Italian supplier, rather than a cheaper one abroad, was the ability to verify the quality of the product itself.

We have a  lot of trust in our producer, Kappadue. They followed us all the way through our first book campaign, CHICken!. Thanks to their great support and collaboration during the book's design process, we have made a book that we are truly proud of and that inspired us to experiment with book publishing again. 

We chose certified paper, produced exclusively with cellulose fibers from sustainably managed forests. Our suppliers guarantee the usage of 100% FSC® wood. All our rewards are printed, bound and packaged in Italy, for an optimum quality of the final product. We don't compromise.


Follow the book and Matthijs on Instagram @thecoldinstinct @mgkuypers  

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Video credits:

Snakes Interaction - Miron Bilski http://www.mironfilms.com 

Studio footage and editing - Paolo Piantadosi


Risks and challenges

We have learned a lot from our previous Kickstarter book project and now we can say it with confidence, that our risks are very low. We worked hard to find the right timeline for the production to ensure that you will have your book for the promised date - so even if hiccups occur around the shipping (such as lost tracking number, or accidentally returned packages), we will have plenty of time to deliver your rewards before the Christmas shopping season kicks in.

There were several things we learned along the way during this process and when we didn’t like the results we went back to the drawing board so we can give you the best quality for a fair price.
We worked side by side with our supplier to test different paper and printing samples with a unique binding technique to ensure we delivered the best product possible.

To minimize risks and costs, the book will be produced 100% Italy and shipped to you all over the world.

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    Early Bird Cold Instinct book

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    - 72 bizarre coldblooded species
    - Highest quality printing
    - Embossed hardcover
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    Cold Instinct Signature Edition

    Get your hands on the limited, signed edition of the Cold Instinct book; it will be personally signed for you by the photographer!

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    Just like the two-headed snake in our book, two books are better than one!
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    - 72 bizarre coldblooded species
    - Highest quality printing
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    DELUXE EDITION, Signed & Numbered

    * Numbered Signed DELUXE Edition *

    1 Cold Instinct Book
    + Signed for you by the photographer!
    + Numbered Edition
    + DELUXE CASE. A Luxury Embossed GOLD foil Case

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    Small Art Print + Book

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    You can choose between our museum-quality matte paper or high quality metallic paper.
    Dimensions: 11.7 x 16.5 in - 297 x 420 mm

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    Giant Art Print with an Invisible Frame!

    No distractions, only the essential of the animal!
    This art print comes with an incredibly lightweight frame with an invisible mount. Assembles instantly, so you can hang this extra large print on your wall in no time.
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    Teachers, educators, get a great discount for your class! Share the knowledge about these incredible reptiles and amphibians with your students.

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    Tattoo dimensions: 150 x 100 mm - 6 x 4 in
    Postcard dimensions: 148 x 148 mm - 5,82 x 5,82 in

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    1 calendar, 12 colorful species! Our desktop calendar comes with a beautiful all-black heavy cardboard stand. Every month features a different animal from the book.
    Dimensions: 150 x 180 mm - 5,90 x 7 in

    Species Poster - You can choose from 4 different species to chill with.
    Dimensions: 420 x 594 mm - 16.5 x 23.4 in

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    First Edition Cold Instinct book

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    - 72 bizarre coldblooded species
    - Highest quality printing
    - Embossed hardcover
    - Made in Italy

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