“I went to visit some friends in Kuwait in 2008, I had met them on a cruise in 2005, but I didn’t know how wealthy they were. They were so rich, they were millionaires, billionaires etc. I stayed there for a week, I had maids looking after me, they also hired out a theme park as a goodbye present for me. I went to see the radio station out there and they thought it was cool that I was British so I got put on the radio. They some how were also connected to the royal family. After living the highlife with luxury cars I was given this enormous suitcase of presents. I was told I couldn’t open it until I got home to London. Eager to open when I arrived home I straight away opened the case. Along with other amazing items inside was a gold pendent with a gold chain. It’s an Arabic coffee pot which is a well-known symbol. It came along with a note “Hi Tash! This is a gift from me and my mum. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Kuwait. Manar.”
SECRETS OF JEWELLERY
By Benjamin Turgel & Ellis Thynne
An Aura describes an object, which in some sense has a life of its own. It signifies history and the history of the family, for example, a ring that has been passed down generations of a family, holds history. On the surface, the work looks like a commercial campaign that would be found in a ‘high-end’ fashion magazine, such as Vogue. Therefore, in relation to Aura, the point of using these items is in the context chosen and their precious value to people. Hiding poignant pieces, could be described as advertising. Therefore, the documentary photographer Martin Parr’s quote is extremely relevant to this project.
‘You have to disguise things as entertainment but still leave a message and some poignancy.’
Parr, M. 2011.
Designed by Benjamin Turgel and Ellis Thynne as an interdisciplinery collaboration showcasing a hybrid of photography and photoshop creating a high end, luxury jewellery lookbook.