The Five of Coins is one of the few completely negative cards in the tarot, which made it interesting to shoot. While Stephanie and I sometimes differ on how to portray various cards, there is very little room for interpretive differences in the Five of Coins- it is just poverty, and destitution.
We knew we wanted to shoot around some abandoned buildings, because that is one of the other main themes of this card- being shut out, abandoned in the cold. Fortunately, we live very near Treasure Island, which is chock full of boarded up buildings and empty lots.
It was actually a really fun shoot- the light was great, we were entirely left alone, and we had basically a large photographer’s playground to shoot in. Just search “Treasure Island, CA” in google images, and you’ll turn up approximately a gajillion photos from every hipster and his yuppie cousin with a camera. They’re not wrong, though- it’s a great place to get a shot.
I’m really happy with how these turned out- I think we managed to capture a sort of believable poverty. It’s easy, when doing this sort of costumed, staged, setting for things, to take it too far, to make it a caricature. I wanted to avoid that, and I think we did.