Welcome to the Meniscus Tarot

Meniscus, in optics, is a type of simple lens, which is found in many, if not all, camera lenses, these consisting of groupings of different type of simple lens. It seemed an appropriate name for a photographic Tarot deck, since the images you see will have certainly passed through a meniscus optical element. In anatomy, a meniscus is a fibro-cartilaginous structure found in joints such as the knee and elbow, and since much elbow and knee action was also employed in the creation of this deck, this too is relevant.

I have a fairly good eye for imagery and have taken some passably good photos in my time, so when it came to creating my own Tarot deck, using photography was a no-brainer. Thus, armed with an Olympus OMD EM-10 camera, I embarked on my photographic Tarot journey.

This journey is also one of discovery of the myriad of options and possibilities of the camera, including the ability to instantly apply a filter to any shot. As a result, many of the images in this deck are straight off the camera, unaltered in any way, other than to crop or resize the image to fit the card template or minor adjustments to the exposure or colour balance.

Thus, armed with a brand new digital Olympus OMD EM-10 camera – my old Pentax 35mm film cameras suffering the drawback of being unable to see whether you’ve taken a half-decent image in much less than a week – I embarked on my photographic Tarot journey. This journey was also one of discover of the capabilities of the camera with its myriad of options and possibilities, including the ability to instantly apply a filter, or several, to the scene. As a result, many of the resulting images in this deck are straight off the camera, unadjusted in any way, other than to crop or resize the image to fit the card template.

I hope you enjoy my work and look forward to reading your comments 🙂

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