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This is a photography project about receiving and interpreting the universe through image.

About this project

About the movie: (I know this is long...I couldn't help it! If you would like to just view the cards without viewing the whole movie, just skip to the final three minutes.)  Also, I'm posting the individual cards under my updates!

Cheers!:   According to some of the Kickstarter stats, folks that have reached 30% of their goal have a 90% chance of making the entire thing!!!!!!  That looks like good news!!!!  At any rate, I’m going to need your help to get there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Check out the rewards and I’ll continue to send my love out to all of you.  I look forward to fully manifesting this near-fully realized actuality!!!

This campaign is an investment in my progress as an artist! As you support my growth the worth of a deck that my hand is involved in creating will expand!  In this way you will be making a personal investment in both your spirituality and your art collection!!

 About the Project:

The idea of montaging a Tarot deck originated from my need to utilize my photography in a functional way…no longer something that just hangs on a wall, but that can be interacted with by real people—an artwork that would change as the viewer develops and changes.  Plus, I wanted a project that would force me to work on my personal, spiritual growth. As of this date I have created a Fine Art series that consists of the first twenty-two major arcana Tarot cards.  The funding I need to raise will cover a limited edition print run of the major arcana cards, and if exceeded will support the making of the minor arcana. 

There are certain human experiences shared throughout humanity.  The Tarot is an ancient reserve of wisdom that maps the evolving states of consciousness common to all human beings.  The journey of the major arcana charts our collective human evolution from emotional, intellectual beings to spiritual ones.

 Reading Tarot cards is about intuitively allowing our higher selves to re-show us what we already know, but are unwilling to face in our everyday, ego-driven states of being.  As a means of creating the Tarot images I also attempt to commune with a more knowledgeable part of me.  I do this by internalizing the nuance of each Arcana through meditation, and then consult the world around me for its visual interpretation.  I remain open to accepting the responding images that arrive in my experiences and then photograph these. I associate these images with the Arcana I originally envisioned so the viewer of the card may likewise make a solid correlation.  This association is communicated through a visual narrative generated by using a variety of digital and physical montage techniques such as emulating double exposure by using reflection as follows:  

The resulting illustrations are transposed on various mediums and re-photographed.  The uniqueness of the Tarot deck is further strengthened by the fact that each individual model that appears in the cards is a physical embodiment of the cards meaning.  For instance, the tarot card “The Star” is represented by a girl who characterizes the meaning of The Star through her daily living and attitudes.

The finished major arcana will be printed by me on a limited-edition deck of three and one half by five fine art cards along with an accompanying guidebook.

My Goal is for $3999 which will allow me to print a limited edition of 80 decks and guidebooks. This is based on having hand printed the cards on several different high quality materials in order to determine which medium would portray the deck in it's full aesthetics.  If this goal is exceeded by an ample amount then I will  have the funding to move forward in completing the minor arcana illustrations for the entire deck without having to launch any additional campaigns.  As a result I will be able to increase the quality and quantity of my rewards.

Here is an example of some of the rewards you will receive:

The inside of the guide book:

You can see more of my work and some early renditions of the cards at http://www.kellyseltzerphotography.com

Thank you for finding value in where I've focused my heart.

Sometimes the biggest support comes in sharing this possibility with others, so please like and re-post this project!

Thank you so very much!!!!!  I will be updating this site often!

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    $1 reward

    4 backers

    All donations receive digital backer access so they can keep up with how the project unfolds. Plus, and always, A Thank You!

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    $6 reward

    1 backer

    A Fine Art custom print postcard of "The Fool" and digital backer access.

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    $25 reward

    5 backers

    Variety pack of six fine art, custom-printed, Major Arcana postcards plus one signed Major Arcana tarot card (this is your special card!), and digital backer access to this flowering development.

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    $44 reward

    20 backers

    The Major Arcana, limited-edition deck with accompanying soft-back guide book signed by the artist, variety pack of six fine art, custom-printed, Major Arcana postcards, and digital backer access so you can accompany me on this journey.

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    $99 reward

    4 backers

    $99 The one you’ve been waiting for! The limited edition Major Arcana deck will include a handmade, hardback artist signed guidebook and a biographical book elucidating the history and making of the cards. And of course you will still receive the six postcard variety pack and backer access to a continually adventure.

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    $249 reward

    1 backer

    This one’s my favorite. You will receive your limited edition Major Arcana deck and handmade, hardback, signed guide book in a hand-embellished wooden box. You will also have delivered an extra deck with that accompanying soft-back, artist-signed, booklet as an added present to a special person of your choosing. On top of this you will be gifted with a 14” by 9” encaustic coated original signed and matted print—your card of choice. Furthermore, you will collect the six postcards and backer access.

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    $499 reward

    0 backers

    I haven’t run out of ideas yet. This is for the really generous supporters!! You will be shipped all of the above plus 2 extra fine art prints and I will give your name a special thanks of support on the acknowledgement page in the published deck, not to mention a surprise gift from my next developing project (which will not be delivered in May of course).

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    $3,999 reward

    0 backers

    Okay, this is the last and final, and it’s a biggy. With this much support there will be no doubt that I can continue this project and for this reason alone I am able to offer this rare opportunity. Of course you will receive all the above, but more importantly you will have a custom art shoot taken by me of you, your friends, or your family. This session will be for you personally, but will also be for the purpose of including you (or your selected individual) on one of the future Minor Arcana cards. You will get a full CD of edited images from the shoot, ten choices of 8” by 10” prints or equivalent print products, plus fine art prints of all future montages that utilize said photographs. I will travel to you. If you live outside the United States we will need to add an additional travel expense. The estimated delivery date on this one will need to be collaborated on.

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