Sam Morris is a UK artist who has worked with photographers and numerous brands worldwide, has appeared on several blogs and, last but not least, has been voted as one of 2017’s top 100 eligible bachelors in Out Magazine.
Sam Morris is exploring the self portrait in multiple mediums, without barriers through his sensually stimulating website where members will see new content every week in the format of photography and film. Sam blurs the lines between voyeurism and observation, explores sexuality through art and reality and believes that the simplicity of capturing a moment so familiar in it’s beauty and rawness is somewhat pleasurable and thought provoking.
Read everything you need to know in this exclusive interview that Sam Morris gave to YASS Magazine.
Tell us some things about yourself that we don’t know.
I used to be a child actor, working in TV, film & theatre.
How would you describe yourself?
Quiet, thoughtful, analytic, humorous.
What does art mean to you and how would you describe your form of art?
Art is everywhere. I see it in film, photographs, people, sex, things, places, and in music. My art is my life & my body. Capturing it in real time with no boundaries. Seeing myself through a lens as if through the eyes of a lover. Capturing my body in a visual diary.
You have worked with many famous photographers all around the world and have appeared in many blogs. How did everything start and how do feel about this success?
I have been very lucky to work with so many talented people and I feel extremely
grateful. Everything started through me taking pictures of myself. Many
photographers enjoyed how I captured my body, and then wanted to explore that
with me also.
What inspires you?
Everything & anything.
What is your opinion about censorship on social media and how do you feel when your artistic images get banned on Instagram?
Without censorship we do not have desire. That being said I believe that graphic violence and gore should be seen as more offensive than nudity. We are human, we are born to see nudity and appreciate the human body, this shouldn’t be shameful.
How do you explore your self-portrait through your work?
I capture myself through the good and the bad. It has to be real, if it steers too far away from reality, it’s a lie. I want to capture the things that make people feel uncomfortable as well as excited. My body is my muse. It’s the easiest person to work with.
How different is the real life of Sam compared to your digital life?
Pretty different. I see what I do online as my muse. He is someone I use to create what I do. I’m in control of him. He isn’t the person who lays in bed alone at night and thinks. He is an obsession, and a fearless fuck.
How is sexuality expressed through art?
It usually isn’t. Everyone is so obsessed with not wanting their art/fashion/photography to cross the border into pornography, that they use censorship as a way to go around this. The difference between a soft dick and a hard dick is blood and nerves. It’s natural, but in work it’s seen as the line between art and porn. I like to break those barriers. Mixing fashion with porn excites me. Fashion is always implying sex, but never really owning it. You can’t sell sex and then slut shame people for buying it.
Do you like to provoke through your work?
Yes, but only for positive reasons.
How important is love for you?
Very important. Love takes many disguises, and I like to familiarise myself with all of them.
What turns Sam on?
How would your ideal partner be?
Intelligent, challenging, confident, with a good sense of humour.
What has been the best reaction from a fan?
I have many beautiful things said to me by people I inspire, I keep screenshots of them for whenever I need to remind myself that people to appreciate what I do.
Do you feel you know yourself or do you still learn your own self?
I know myself better than ever, but we all learn more about ourselves with every year that passes.
Do you feel you have contributed to the evolution of the queer culture through your work?
Maybe not yet, but I’m doing my best to contribute. Through my work and my writing. I like to address things that many may be scared to. Queer culture has never been safe, but with so many queer media outlets being run in a
heteronormative state, we seem to ignore many parts of what it means to be queer. Being queer has always been expressive, forward, dangerous, seedy, naughty, exciting, creative, different, and loving. It’s not just about conforming to the heterosexual world we live in.
Has a boyfriend ever been jealous of what you are doing? And how would you react if they asked you to stop “exposing” yourself?
Yes, they have, but I wouldn’t stop doing what I do until I wanted to.
What does make Sam happy?
My friends and family, making good work, staying creative, being inspired.
What stimulates your desires?
Do you feel LGBTQI people in London are open-minded or you have noticed resistance and homophobic behaviours?
I think there are many different types of people in London, but I do find a trend of conservatism growing here, or even existing under the surface of people’s seemingly liberal opinions.
What is your biggest desire?
To be a vessel for many different types of self expression. No limits or boundaries.
What are your plans for the future?
To continue creating, learning, and growing.
For more Sam Morris dose, visit: www.iamsammorris.com
*all pictures are courtesy of Sam Morris