claytoncubitt Like antennas to heaven 2d

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claytoncubitt Glow in the dark tie-dye #invisiblehandjob 4d

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claytoncubitt Forgive yourself 1w

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claytoncubitt This is an armpit. I have to make that clear, because if I didn't Instagram would censor it. I could lose my account if I didn't make it clear this is an armpit. Isn't it fascinating, when bodies and shame and commerce and the power of words intersect? 2w

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claytoncubitt Q: As a photographer who often takes very sexual, erotic photos, how do you wrestle with your own male gaze? How do you make your photos accessible to the viewer so that it’s seductive rather than sexually reductive?

A: I think it’s really easy to overthink this. The camera can be seductive, but it is always reductive. This is one of the fundamental challenges of the photographer, to translate a very complicated and messy world, a world in 3D and constant motion, into the constraints of a static frozen image. To reduce a world filled with voices and smells and thoughts and desires into one that’s silent and mute and symbolic. A world where we’re part of a conversation to a world where our images become a part of other people’s conversation, one we have no control over. So a lot of this will be instinctive and reactive. From the gut as much as the mind. We just have to make sure our mind is sharp and our gut is balanced. And even then that doesn’t mean the images will be received with the same sensitivity with which they’re made. My ‘seductive’ might be another person’s ‘reductive.’ And I have no way to control or account for that. It’s a messy translation. (From my Playboy interview, link in bio)
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claytoncubitt If you can shame someone you can control their behavior. Our sexual urges are built into us by nature. But our shame? That’s a rudder that’s bolted onto our sexuality by culture, in order to steer us. (From my Playboy interview. Link in my bio) 2w

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claytoncubitt I talked to Playboy about sex and shame and art and Kim Kardashian and growing up wanting to be normal but winding up happy to be weird. And lots more. Link in my bio. 2w

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claytoncubitt I'm sorry I had to cancel our meeting, a beam of sunlight travelled millions of miles and came to rest on my door knob and the way it danced and glinted hypnotized me with a severe case of Stendhal Syndrome from which I've still not recovered. 2w

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claytoncubitt I think it’s beautiful that our species encompasses people who won’t even pee in the ocean *and* people who want to pee in your mouth. 2w

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claytoncubitt .@stoya dropped the soap and giggled and I thought about when Eames said "Who ever said that pleasure wasn't functional?" 2w

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claytoncubitt "The first principle of recovery is the empowerment of the survivor. She must be the author and arbiter of her own recovery. Others may offer advice, support, assistance, affection, and care, but not cure.” —Judith Lewis Herman 3w

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claytoncubitt Little girl selling lemonade to raise money for Bernie! #Babes4Bernie 1mon

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claytoncubitt In line at the Bernie rally, a few blocks from Washington Square Park 1mon

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claytoncubitt Raphael grew up in Nigeria. He joined the Navy for a chance at an education via the GI Bill. He worked as a procurement officer, in charge of ordering and organizing supplies, stationed in the Middle East. While he was in the service he was shocked at how much money was wasted by defense contractors, in order to maintain their budget appropriations. He said he didn't sign up for a system that was making private contractors rich, while normal enlisted service people worked hard for a quarter of the pay. He started to ask himself about who had stood against the war, who had stood against the waste and profiteering, and this led him to Bernie.

#Vets4Bernie #NotMeUs
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claytoncubitt Dog tags are highly personal items to warriors of every service and to their families as well. Each dog tag carries its own human-interest story. The acts of receiving the dog tag, hanging it around the neck, and feeling it against the body constitute a silent statement of commitment. The tag itself individualizes the human being who wears it, despite his or her role as a small part of a huge and faceless organization. While the armed forces demand obedience and duty to a higher cause, dog tags, hanging under service members' shirts and close to their chests, remind them of their individuality. They bring comfort and help calm the fears of soldiers facing death: "I do not want to be forgotten; I do not want to become an 'unknown.'" –Library of Congress 1mon

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claytoncubitt Brianna talked to me about the difficulties she faced as a gay woman in the Marine Corps, and about how inspired she was when she discovered that Bernie had been standing up for LGBT military personnel for decades, long before it had become politically popular to do so. I heard a lot of this kind of thing from the veterans, how impressed they were with his political fortitude, fighting the fight even when others were too afraid to join. (image from my portraits for #Vets4Bernie) 2mon
  •   myndtheef It's a mixed bag, though. He was also on the oversight committee for the VA and that has been devastatingly horrible for hose of us returning home. As a veteran myself, I don't hate him, but I can't find that as a reason to get behind him. 2mon
  •   myndtheef LCPL Brianna looks awesome, though. 2mon
  •   juanhundredgrams I'm a bet for bernie! 2mon
  •   claytoncubitt @myndtheef Appreciate your comment, although many of the vets I spoke with actually felt the opposite of you in regards to the VA. But of course in any group as large and diverse as veterans there are bound to be honest differences of perspective and experience. 1mon

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claytoncubitt It's not the fall that's dangerous. It's the landing. 2mon

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claytoncubitt There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one? —Zaha Hadid 2mon

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claytoncubitt Sometimes you have to go inside yourself to really see outside. 2mon

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