PHOTOGRAPHY: “AURUM” BY THANANON THANAKORNKARN
Posted on March 4, 2013
Jan Baiboon Arunpreechachai and Chanathip Phenjati Sathirathai are immortalised within a work of art that draws influence from Gustav Klimt and even the work of the Pre-Raphaelites in the beautifully executed, graphic led shoot, “Aurum” by Thananon Thanakornkarn for Numéro Thailand.
Donning garments from this seasons most popular collections including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Prada and Givenchy, and while sporting volumed hair and ornate headpieces, Jan plays a maternal role in the most regal and bewitching manner. The composition heightens the drama of the images by placing both figures centrally and surrounded by layers of glittering gold as if entombed somewhere deep within the earth.
While the cover shot is more of an ode to Klimt, the overall story and styling (conceptualised by Ornruja Boonyasit), leans more towards the “Pre-Raphaelites,” with the subdued, watery post-production coloration, only furthering the mystique behind the two spellbinding characters.
Random Side Note: Aurum – Latin for “Gold” and one of my favourite words alongside “Anathema”, “Plume”, “Elixir”, “Laconic”, “Oblivion” and “Aether”.