The Mountain Dream Tarot

Bea Nettles has dedicated her life to photography, and she executed what is believed to be the world’s first-ever photographic tarot deck in the early 1970s. She was enrolled as a printmaking student at the Penland Art School in Bakersville, North Carolina, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, when in 1970 she had a dream in which she came up with the idea of producing her own tarot deck using the art of photography. [Dangerous Minds]
posted by Johnny Wallflower (4 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Love it! Many of the cards are beautiful, although Strength is kind of phoning it in… lol. I am madly in love with Temperance though. And the 9 of Cups is a hilarious take on what is normally a rather smug-looking rich dude… but this cowboy looks pretty pleased with his lot as well!
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 3:23 PM on August 13
Wow, these are deeply evocative and very nice. Feels like a tarot I could read nicely, really. My go-to tarot for years has been the entirely photoshop (but also photography-based) Cosmic Tribe Tarot, which seems to share some things with this much earlier and very imaginative deck.
posted by hippybear at 3:36 PM on August 13
Another very nice (but completely different) early photographic deck is the New York Tarot.
posted by doubtfulpalace at 3:40 PM on August 13
Just ordered the deck. A bit spendy but I think I will enjoying having it.
posted by hippybear at 3:45 PM on August 13

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