People have used mind effecting substances for as long as we can walk on two legs but over that past 50 years we have embraced drugs. The 1960’s were heavily influenced by LSD and the 70’s saw the rise of marijuana. Powder cocaine and prescription drugs became emblematic of the 1980’s, the 1990’s are characterized by the popularity of pshychoactive drugs, ecstasy and crack cocaine and the turn of the century brought us methamphetamine, better know as crystal met. And it didn’t stop there. It seems like a new design drug is being created every week and over the past years families have been destroyed by substances such as Smiles, 25i and Bath salts. Bu the most dangerous drug ever, the drug that trains your brain to crave, is a drug that has been around for centuries already. A drug that once, in lighter form, was used as a painkiller but that made thousands of victims already at the turn of the 19th century. Heroine.
Mircius Aecrim is not known to shy away from risky subjects and actions. First of all, there is his style in photography. Often black and white though Mircius does work in color as well, his portraits are mostly taken in unexpected angles, not always in focus and not seldom the composition shows more of the surrounding than of the featured model. It is an daring style but one that has rapidly become a signature style for the talented photographer from Bucharest, Romania. And if that isn’t enough, Mircius also likes to play with themes that are unconventional to say the least. Earlier this year he shot Adrian Udea againt the backdrop of a war torn Romanian landscape, memorizing the hardship and senseless terror of e previous regime. And today he shows that very same Adrian Udea in another destructive setting.
Adrian Udrea is 26 years old and was born and raised in the Romanian city of Mangalia, on the Black Sea coast. Not only an absolute pleasure for the eye, Adrian also has that other ability that makes a good model great. The ability to place himself in every kind of situation and scene without considering it might make him look less than perfect. He has already graced our digital pages on several occasion, always in a setting provide by Mircius Aecrim, and today is no exception to that. Except the setting is a bit different from what we are used to see. Adrian is modest. All he wants it to give modeling a try. Simply because he has been told by some people that he has a good look. Seems to us, Adrian has a lot more to offer than just a good look.
When we asked Mircius Aecrim about the reason why he shot this particular set of photos his answer was simple: “I've been inspired by another shoot I had in Leeds last winter when I "killed" my model. So, I wanted to add some drama in my shooting and I said, let's create a drug addict. I took my model, put some make up on and here it was. I don't particularly have themes in my shootings but with this one I wanted to show that consuming drugs could have the worst effects in people's life, including death. That was basically the story. The last needle of his life.”
I admit when I saw the photos for the first time, I was a bit shocked. Mircius and Adrian were able to put together such a realistic setting, such a testimony to the devastating effects of drug use, that for a moment I thought this was real. And in a sense it is, because Mircius has not made any effort to glamorize the theme. Its raw and truthful and a most realistic view on the last moment of a drug addicts life. The last moment in which he gives way and his addiction takes full control. True, Adrian makes the series a pleasure for the eye, no matter how dramatic the subject, but the real hero, or should we say villain, in this essay is the drugs and the effect it has on ones life. –BM-
BeautifulMag does not pretend to be able to tell you how to live your life, but we do believe we have the right and the opportunity to tell you drugs are dangerous. Including alcohol. We also know that many use drugs at recreational level. Whatever you do, make sure you stay in control of what you do. If you use, keep it moderate. Use common sense.
MIRCIUS AECRIM | BEAUTIFULMAG