I chose the Tower, as a way to pull me through a few years of chaos. In terms of discovering my gender, my sexuality and recent Asexuality as well. The message that the Tower brought for me was “Finding clarity and direction through chaos”. The Tower really struck a chord at this moment of my life as a message of hope and direction through a really dark period in one’s life. It also relates to the chaos of experiencing my gender and beginning to understand it more. I like to imaging myself as a giant Kelp plant growing underneath the ocean, creeping up towards the light. Kelp plants, when the reach the surface the spread out and create this beautiful blanket of gooey, slimy plant. For a lot of people that is quite confronting, which also relates to how I see the Tower. There is this ugliness to it, but to look past it, that ugliness, uncertainty and darkness and redirect it within yourself. I’m 6ft tall, I’m fat. there are lots of things to me that are big and large, and as a person / my personality I feel not large. Mainstream society views my largeness, as confronting and undesirable. An F-You to beauty standards. I wanted to approach the Tower with my physical form but show that gentleness about me. My plants, my cat, oh the beautiful relationship I have with my cat.
*Transcription from Audio interview.
This card was an absolute delight to shoot. Touching, vulnerable and so so inspiring. Thank you, for sharing your story and being part of this project. xxx
Just because a card has been shot, does not mean you cannot choose it. I plan on shooting many of the key Major Arcana cards. If you resonate or connect with a particular card, then I would love to shoot it with you. The final deck may contain multiples of some cards to ensure diverse story telling and inclusion of as broad a spectrum of the Queer community as possible
16. The Tower – Teddy