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Tarot: Three of Coins

A young man in a vest and red pants, with three gold discs around his waist, is perched on a platform that hangs by a rope. On the jungle floor below is another man belaying the other end of the rope, and a woman sitting on a mat and sorting fruit. On the hanging platform is a big basket of fruit, and the young man is reaching for a bunch of triangle-shaped fruits above him.

Photoshop and MotionComputing tablet

Thanks to Photography On The Run for the reference material.

At work there's a phrase that gets thrown around a lot: "low-hanging fruit". Go for the low-hanging fruit. It's usually spoken by management who want a quick return on investment for the time and people they allocate to a task. It's meant to keep people focused on efficiency, avoiding the threat of becoming caught up in myopic details. But what it really does is get all the easy problems fixed first, so that the big ones never get properly addressed. There's an endless stream of little things going wrong. It takes time and dedication to make the kind of changes that make a lasting difference, and so those changes are rarely allowed.

The Karnese Three of Coins is about teamwork. It's about how working together can allow you to take bigger risks than if you were on your own, and how it can give you the chance of bigger rewards. It's about how every person's job is important, not just the person doing the splashy dangerous work, but the one on the ground belaying, and the one carefully sorting and preparing the fruit. The tirothi agemates are collecting sarfruit, which can be risky but also a lot of fun, because it involves climbing trees and rigging platforms to reach the juiciest bunches. The delicious sweet fruit at the end is worth it.



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Mar. 15th, 2014 05:34 am (UTC)
Whoa I really like this one. I don't got a lot of words right now but that looks fun!

Mar. 15th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
It was partly inspired by a certain camping escapade... :D
Mar. 15th, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
Mar. 15th, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
Wow, love the picture. And very interesting interpretation, especially the bit about how low-hanging fruit can in the long run not help or even make matters worse.

the fruit reminds me of pandanus fruit!
Mar. 16th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Oh cool! I looked up pandanus fruit and yeah, it's a lot like that, except the keys (as they're apparently called) come off easier, they're a slightly different shape, and pinker. That's neat that there's an Earth fruit that grows like that. I saw it in a dream how the keys fit together to grow.
Mar. 16th, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
The native pandanus fruit is exactly the same shade as the one in your painting. There's a lot of other varieties but our fruit is perfectly the same colour as yours.

I never even thought about how they grow! But I think retrieving pandanus fruit would be just as hard in its way as retrieving sarfruit. The pandanus leaves have horrible tiny spikes that break off in your skin. I've taken so many of those out of my feet over the years from fallen leaves. And of course you have to add in the green ants too!

I really love the colours in this card, by the way :-)
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