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Sam Morris Strikes a Prose at NYC’s Club Cumming4 min read

Sam Morris recalls spending a great deal of his teen years reading fashion magazines, watching art porn, and obsessing over male models. At 18, he began taking pictures and filming himself nude, documenting his emerging sexuality in a conceptualized and romantic way on his own Tumblr page. 

He battled censors who argued his page depicted overt homosexual acts that were too obscene for mainstream consumption.   His page was repeatedly flagged as restricted and taken down. 


In response, he created Sammorris.me and began photographing nude men.     From the beginning, it was important to him that the model maintain his own sense of freedom of expression.  “I had uncomfortable encounters with photographers,” he explains. “I wanted my set to be a safe space where models could live their porn star fantasies or simply explore a little exhibitionism.”

He will explore a little exhibitionism himself in NYC on Sunday, December 1 when he takes the stage at Club Cumming to read his poetry and other writings in the nude.

What topics do you explore in your poetry?
Sam Morris:  My poetry is actually all about the body, and my relationship with my own. I hope to challenge people’s thoughts on the naked body.

Were you always so comfortable with your body?
Sam Morris:  Definitely not.  It took me a lot of self-exploration and experimentation to get to where I am now. That’s why I want to share my journey with others… to maybe pass on what I’ve learned.

What do you do to maintain your look?
Sam Morris:  I go to the gym often, but that’s mainly to maintain the strength and flexibility I developed during my years as a professional dancer.

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How do you feel about men shaving their bodies?
Sam Morris:  I’m much more a fan of letting natural body hair grow freely, but whatever you want to do with your body is your choice. It’s not really my place to say. 

What are some of the more provocative situations you have explored on Sammorris.me?
Sam Morris:  I think having and capturing a sexual encounter with someone I’ve just met is pretty provocative. Every time is different, and the chemistry often speaks for itself. 

How did former NYC go-go boy Matthew Camp come to be a part of your work?  
Sam Morris:  He and his manager were fans of my aesthetic.  I was aware of Matthew from his film, Getting Go, so to get the opportunity to film him was exciting. We shot together while I was in New York. 

What was it like filming with him?  
Sam Morris:  I don’t think the potential of the moment was fully fulfilled because we were being filmed by a documentary crew following him that day. I usually work in my own space, and so having an extra camera in the room was a little off putting. I shot some beautiful work of him, but I’m hoping to maybe shoot a sequel in the future. 

Do you approach random men on the street to be in your films
Sam Morris:  I usually prefer people to approach me, rather than the other way around. 

Have you found your Joe Dallesandro?  
Sam Morris:  Not really. I think having a muse would bore me. I like to keep it moving and capture more and more interesting people. But who knows, maybe I just haven’t met him yet.

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Name a famous man you would love to have a sexual encounter with on film.
Sam Morris:  I’m dreaming but, Harry Styles. Woof. I love his style. He’s so unbelievably sexy. The flamboyance, the campiness, mixed with masculinity. Love him. 

Will fans have a chance to meet and greet you at Club Cumming?  Sam Morris:  I hope so. Would be great to meet people! Love it when internet followers become tangible in real life. It’s a surreal experience I don’t encounter enough.

Are there rules we should be aware of?
Sam Morris:  I don’t really have any rules.  I’m pretty laid back. (Laughing) Would probably prefer not to be groped, though.

Sam Morris performs Club Cumming (505 East 6th St) on December 1st at 9pm, with music by Nicole Brancato.  Visit sammorris.me

 

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