The Magician by Anna Shaw

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On 27/12/09 The Magician has had 517 views and 193 comments

The Magician – The source of all power
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.

In traditional Tarot decks, the magician is all powerful. Always a man, always skillful, self confident, often arrogant and always with a halo above his head. He can be very manipulative as well. The magician represents the potential of a new adventure, chosen or thrust upon one, and a journey of enlightenment.

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The music is so hauntingly beautiful, and adds to what I was trying to say in the image.
‘The Humming Chorus’ from Madame Butterfly

I am indebted to the following artists, who so generously allow the use of their stock:
Texture- Susan Wellar (One of our great RB artists)

The background is from my own stock and the baby is mine!!

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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  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdover 5 years ago

    Wonderful work Anna.

  • Thanks so much Davo – how kind of you.

    – Anna Shaw

  • diLuisa Photography
    diLuisa Photog...over 5 years ago

    yes!! this is fantastic!!!! love it!!

  • I am so pleased. Thank you.

    – Anna Shaw

  • midzing
    midzingover 5 years ago

    fantastic work Anna, well done

  • Thanks so much Wendy, I am so pleased you like it.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 5 years ago

    Stunning work as always Anna. x

  • Thanks so much Richard.

    – Anna Shaw

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 5 years ago

    l like the magician being feminine and not being sliced in half on the table ! Great interpretation and image Anna x

  • I am so pleased. What a lovely comment. Thank you.

    – Anna Shaw

  • PSL1
    PSL1over 5 years ago

    Brilliant work Anna, amazing quality image.
    Love it – Peter

  • That means such a lot Peter. Thank you.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Kylie Van Ingen
    Kylie Van Ingenover 5 years ago

    Great Work Anna:))

  • Thanks so much Kylie, how kind.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersover 5 years ago

    Nice!! . . . Much better than pulling a rabbit out of a hat . . . lol

  • Thanks Hugh – I think so too.

    – Anna Shaw

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 5 years ago

    Fabulous work!
    all powerful…always skillful, self confident, often arrogant and always with a halo above his head . Sound like a woman to me!!

  • Thanks Rosemary, you really made me laugh. This was just how I wanted to portray her. I have seen so many beautiful, sweet, angelic looking young women, all very romantic, and so I wanted to show a different side to our personalities.

    – Anna Shaw

  • Moshe Cohen
    Moshe Cohenover 5 years ago

    Wow, great work, very proffesional Anna.

  • Thanks so much Moshe – how kind.

    – Anna Shaw

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