Andrei Ionescu – The Dark Side

Andrei hails from Romania! He got his first DSLR at the age of 17, and he’s been working diligently to craft his dark aesthetic. Check his story out below.

Say hello to Andrei: 


Where are you from?

I’m currently living in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and to be honest, I don’t have any plans of moving somewhere else.


What’s your favorite place in the world?

My favorite place is Russia – I just love everything about that country. One of my biggest photography idols is from Moscow – Ivan Gorokhov.

How do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration from quotes and lyrics. I spend a lot of time listening to music. Before I discovered photography, I actually wanted to be a DJ.

Tell us about your career.  How did you get into it?

When I was 17 years old, I bought my first DSLR, a Nikon D5100. I never had plans of becoming a photographer – all of my “life plans” were to work in IT. But hey, you never know what life prepares for you, right? Haha. At my 18th birthday party, I met Ionut Dascal. He is a party-photographer and the owner of It’s Private studio. Thanks to him, I started working at his studio and at Paul Pascalau’s FPlus studio, as they have a partnership together. I am currently shooting graduates and birthday parties.

What types of photography do you do?

Well, I do portrait and event photography for a living, but my favorite type is “Dark Photography.” One day, I was browsing the net and found the photographer, Kavan the Kid. I was mesmerized by his amazing work, and since then, I’ve been pursuing a similar aesthetic. He is my second photography idol.

“Soon you will be just a forgotten face.”

What was the moment you decided to become a photographer?

When I had some money saved from my part-time job and the IT career seemed impossible for me to pursue.

What has been your biggest setback as a photographer?

My last relationship – it was a toxic one. I lost a lot of my creativity because of it – my business and personal life was really affected. She was one of the reasons for me pursuing “dark photography” – most of the quotes from my creations are about her.

“You can’t wake up, this is not a dream.”

What are your favorite three photos you’ve taken?

Yeah, this is a really tough one!

“I wonder which face she sees when she looks into the mirror.”

“Who said you can’t live forever lied?”

“We are all just trying to escape that which has held us back….”

What is the best thing a model can do to make the most of a photoshoot?

For me, just communicate and have a sense of humor. That’s all I need to make the most of my photoshoots, haha.


What is your most life-changing event?

The moment I shifted my primary focus onto photography and schooling as my secondary one.

What has photography done for you as a person?  How has it changed you?

I’m a totally changed person from how I was, thanks to Ionut Dascal and Paul Pascalau. I had a really big lack in self-confidence, but now I’m full of it, haha.

What’s one of your biggest fears?

Needles – last time I was waiting for about four hours to donate blood for the Untold festival to get the 1-Day Ticket and give it to a friend of mine. When it was my turn, they said I couldn’t donate “because [my] phobia was too big and there was a risk of ‘black out.’ ” Luckily after that, I had the honor to be picked as one of the festival’s official photographers. Thanks Calin!

What’s something you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t?

RUSSIA! I’m going to visit for the first time in 2017 and no one can stop me! Haha.

For anyone that wants to get in touch with Andrei, here’s some contact information:

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Andrei, thanks for taking the time to interview with us! We’re excited to see photos from your travels in Russia!

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