The Fool by Anna Shaw

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The Fool

This is the first in my new series.

I was initially inspired by the way Carl Jung used the Tarot to get his subjects to explore their own subconscious selves, through the universal archetypes represented by each card.

At the same time, I had become aware that repeatedly we are bombarded with photo montages of women that are perpetuate romanticised fantasy of dreamy, pure, young girls, and I began to wonder what this does for our inner psyches.

I know that there is much more to us that that, so this deck is my attempt to explore different aspects of the female psyche using the archetypes inherent in the Tarot as tools. It is to be an exploration and celebration of women everywhere.

All Tarot Decks were designed for the epoch in which the creators lived, and their own beliefs. This one will reflect mine.

The Fool, traditionally is about the dilemma of making choices on life’s long journey.

As the series progresses, the Fool, which is ourselves, will embark on a journey of self awareness. We will meet all sorts of people who will help and advise us on the way.

Sometimes we get it right and embark on a series of adventures, and sometimes we get it wrong and flounder.

I would like to thank Mr E
for planting this idea in my mind


Created entirely in Photoshop CS4. Three different backgrounds were blended together and then the individual components blended. textures and colour fill layers were used to meld the whole together

The music is just beautiful, – Barbara Streisland singing ‘Send in The Clowns’

I am indebted to the following artists for generously making available their stock.


Anna and Robert have only recently moved to Kent, having spent six years living France where they first embarked on wedding photography. They are passionate about photography, and have a real love for shooting weddings, gaining so much pleasure and fun from these special days.

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  • Martin Muir
    Martin Muirover 5 years ago

    Wonderful image Anna,great idea for a new series look forward to it,very well done.

  • Thanks Martin, that is so kind. I am really excited by this series.

    – Anna Shaw

  • -Whisper-
    -Whisper-over 5 years ago

    I am so looking forward to your deck! And great, break the traditions, it will be really cool to see what you get inspired to do! This is such a great start and to me the frog would mean possibilities because who knows what it really is, could be a prince….! :) Very well done!

  • Thank you so much. I wasn’t sure if any one would get it!! The Fool generally is about making right or wrong choices in life, so you are right it could be a prince, but on the other hand……….!!!LOL

    – Anna Shaw

  • LavenderMoon
    LavenderMoonover 5 years ago

    Oh… Tarot!! A woman after my own heart… : )

  • You are lovely. Thank you.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Akkra
    Akkraover 5 years ago

    Cool image in an unusual, offbeat way. Can’t wait to see the rest, if this is anything to go by. That frog is sooo cute :o)

  • Thanks my friend. I really want it to be a punchy series, and come with a message, so I was nervous about this first one!

    – Anna Shaw

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    wonderful work always Anna

  • Thanks so much dear Martina.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 5 years ago

    Awesome work Anna!! Love the fish in the belt and the music! xoxo

  • How lovely of you. I really want this to be a punch series, and I was very nervous about posting this – as it is so different from any other Tarot.

    – Anna Shaw

  • George Lenz
    George Lenzover 5 years ago

    nice design… very creative…

  • Thanks so much George.

    – Anna Shaw

  • David's Photoshop
    David's Photoshopover 5 years ago

    Anna, this is just fantastic and definitely well up to your incredible standard.
    Love it, well done.
    David xx

  • How lovely of you. I really want this to be a punchy series, and I was very nervous about posting this – as it is so different from any other Tarot.

    – Anna Shaw

  • PDPhoto
    PDPhotoover 5 years ago

    Another stunning piece of work by you Anna, can’t wait to see the rest of the series. You’re so original, well done.

  • Thanks so much Paul. I want it to be different from aany other tarot deck, so your comment meant a lot.

    – Anna Shaw

  • frankula
    frankulaover 5 years ago

    Brilliant Anna, I like it very much

  • Thanks so much my dear new friend.

    – Anna Shaw

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