The Nine of Coins was one of those cards that Stephanie and I did not agree on how to interpret; in this case, pretty much at all. But I think that we succeeded in creating images that allow for either of our interpretations, which is good.
We shot in the Oakland Rose Garden for this, which we’d used before for the Ace of Cups, and it was as beautiful as always. We also went with a sort of medieval-y feel for it, which I think works well. She wore a dress I made years ago, and while not at all historically accurate, it’s pretty, which was the main goal.
To me, the Nine of Coins is a card of wealth and pleasure, but all to be enjoyed within certain limits. It’s the card of the courtesan, of the gilded cage. It can be very enjoyable, sure; there’s nothing wrong with enjoying the luxuries of life, or the creature comforts provided for you. But you should always be aware of the strings attached, and the price that is being paid.
I have two complaints about this card- first, the sun was too bright, and Stephanie’s skin plus the lace on the dress were too pale. In some of the shots it makes for a sort of glaring white blur, which is unfortunate. The other complaint is similar; we were still using the mardi gras coins and my foil coins, and they just picked up a little too much sun. They’re washed out in some of the shots, and it’s hard to tell that they’re coins at all.
All that said, I do think it turned out to be a nice set of images. Very pretty, and with some depth to them, if you look for it. You can read Stephanie’s take here, or visit our website here. Full Flickr set is available as always here.