The Exquisite Corruption Tarot Deck - Roberto Hogue, Seattle Photographer

The Exquisite Corruption Tarot Deck

Roberto Hogue’s Photographic Tarot Deck

Major Arcana III The EmpressThe following pages represent a personal project I have been working on for a long time now. The Exquisite Corruption Tarot Deck is a full, 78 card tarot deck featuring both the Major and Minor Arcana. As you will see, I am about half way done, not including the several cards I shot in the beginning that I had to redo when I really started to take this seriously.

Each image starts with the original meaning (divination) to the seeker of knowledge (Querent) as told in the Rider-Waite style deck. From this divination, which can be a simple word or phrase, I have tried to create a concept matched with the perfect model or object to portray the underbelly of it’s intent.

Admittedly, I have taken vast liberty to reach this meaning in some cases, but each picture has a very personal attachment either to me or to the model. In the beginning, I was just matching pretty pictures up with card names until I realized how precious this deck is to so many excellent people. Since then, it has taken on a new life and, in the end, it’s a much better product.

The cards in the tarot deck shown with design and titles represent the finished product. In some cases, you will only see the image. These are either brand new, still in the concept stage, or possible re-shoots. Check back often to see the progress of my tarot deck.