THE HUNTER NARCISSUS WAS THE SON OF THE RIVER GOD CEPHISSUS AND A NYMPH NAMED LIRIOPE. HE WAS SAID TO BE SO BEAUTIFUL THAT IT MAD HIM PROUD. SO PROUD THAT HE DISDAINED THOSE WHO LOVED HIM. THIS BEHAVIOUR COULD NOT GO UNNOTICED AND SO IT CAME TO HAPPEN THAT NEMESIS, SPIRIT OF DIVINE RETRIBUTION BECAME AWARE OF THE YOUNG MANS ACTIONS. TO TEACH HI A LESSON SHE ATTRACTED NARCISSUS TO A POOL WHERE HE SAW HIS OWN REFLECTION IN THE WATER AND FELL IN LOVE WITH IT, NOT REALIZING IT WAS MERELY AN IMAGE. UNABLE TO LEAVE THE BEAUTY OF HIS REFLECTION, NARCISSUS WAS DOOMED TO STAY THERE FOREVER UNTIL HE DIED.
The story of Narcissus is a sad story and led to the term narcissism, which stands for a fixation with oneself. Which has put the story of Narcissus kind of in a negative light. Of course a legend with an end like that isn’t the most positive, but what we should learn from it is not that love for oneself is a bad thing, but that we should look further than what is on the surface to really get to know ourselves.
No matter how you turn things, we are living in a world that thrives on beauty and are constantly confronted with flawless examples of what beauty is. Shining beacons that are forced upon us as lighting examples of how we should be. What we should look like. How we should behave. The entertainment and fashion industries aren’t the last to present us with images of unattainable perfectionism that, if you are sensitive to it, can be a source of unhappiness and frustration. And honestly, who isn’t sensitive to it.
Mircius Aecrim is not just a photographer. Mircius is someone who gives a lot of thought about what he does and how he does it and likes to give his work meaning. His editorial photographic style, a style born out of his outstanding live concert photography work, is one that perfectly allows to add additional value to the images. Still Mircius never really works in a theme. Something he actually realized himself when going through his archive and reflecting on what he has done so far. And so, as a change of habit, Mircius decided to have one. And since he realized that many of his portraits have some kind of reflection in them, he thought it would be nice to build on that concept.
About a year ago Mircius Aecrim made the decision to start a project that would follow a theme. The theme he chose was reflection. Reflection of oneself in order to get to know oneself. Meaning to look further than the surface, the shell that we show to others. To look inside and discover the real beauty that lies within. Mircius dedicated one year to his project that involved not the expected male models that have made physical beauty a life objective, but regular guys that all have their own unique and personal elements of beauty. Different forms. Different shapes. Different ages. True to himself, Mircisu Aecrim photographed his men in a raw, unique way, that gives the images the idea we are looking at them in flashes. Moments in their lives that are mere seconds of self-reflection. All is photographed with natural light and no Photoshop has touched these images, which has resulted in the grainy, almost unfinished look. It simply adds to the intimacy that is so abundantly present in these photos.
One year of photography has resulted in a large collection of portraits. Many of those will find their way in the exhibition Reflexio. An exhibition that Mircius Aecrim has put together to honor the beauty of the regular. “What I want to do with this project is to let other people see that you don’t need to have super model body to show your body,” Mircius explains. “I want everyone to see themselves with different eyes and to expand their horizons.” Mircius, who is Romanian by origin and still resides in Bucharest, will soon be relocating to Barcelona. It is therefore no surprise that he choose Spain to be the opening country for his Reflexio show, but also Germany and France will be hosting the exhibition, as will the United Kingdom, where Mircius currently also spends a lot of his time. Having the wonderful opportunity to present you some of Mircius Aecrim’s reflexion photographs as a sneak peek to his exhibition, we can tell you that there is a lot more to discover, so keep your eyes open for Mircius Aecrim’s reflexion and if you happen to be in the neighbourhood, we can strongly recommend to visit his exhibition. -BM-
MIRCIUS AECRIM | BEAUTIFULMAG