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This powder keg ain’t gonna light itself!

This afternoon we experienced the good fortune of being a part of the podcast, The Powder Keg of Awesome, who’s philosophy is “You want awesome? Well you’re going to need to get off your ass and go make some” which pretty much makes the title self explanatory since powder kegs generally require a conscious effort to light them.
For an hour we had the privilege of speaking with hosts Jerry Kennedy and Jackie Dotson on a full range of topics relating to what we do in a very refreshing conversational manner.

We tend to be on the serious side of things when talking to the media but their “that’s what she said” jokes and thoughtful insight into society as a whole made us instantly realize that they are not part of “the media” per say which allowed us to relax and really have an open dialogue with them.
They have an exceedingly unique way of making one realize that an interview actually happened only AFTER the interview is over, effectively bypassing the formalities and the nervous jitters that accompany the perceived heat of a spotlight.
We found out first hand that this is the where incubator for an effective exchange of ideas can be found.
Click on over to thepowderkegofawesome.com, episode 131, and hear us all talk about a whole myriad of topics from someone realizing what mom’s “massager” really was to the state of local prostitution during political conventions and all points in between.
It was the second time we have been referred to as “Disruptors” and have to say we are humbled to be viewed as active participants in a paradigm shift of this magnitude.
Our deepest gratitude to all involved at The Powder Keg of Awesome for giving us a match, a fuse, and a whole hour to light it!

XOXO,

C&E

www.constanceanderic.com

Sharp toothed demon in your vagina making a mess out of your love life?

Maybe you should consider taking a cue from the Japanese Kanamara Matsuri or, Festival of the Steel Phallus that occurs on the first of every April.


The story goes that in what is now known as the city of Kawasaki, a particular demon would take up residence in young woman’s vaginas waiting for an unwitting male to feed it it’s favorite meal of newlywed penis.
After several of these grisly snacks, a blacksmith had the idea of crafting a penis out of iron and offering it up as demon bait.
Well, it worked, the demon bit down, breaking its teeth and fleeing the town never to be seen again.

The 1600’s found Kawasaki  frequented by travelers as it was right on a main thoroughfare to the capital.
As with any Edo period town bearing these visitors, entire industries sprang up catering to the needs of the weary including prostitution.
Many women would visit the shrine containing the Iron Penis for protection against S.T.I.’s.


Today, the festival is decorated with countless forms of phalluses, has a grand procession,  lively costumes and of course, a near endless variety of penis souvenir for purchase.
In the same spirit of vanquishing demons and protection from sickness, the profits from the festival now goes to funding HIV awareness and research.
Proof that no demon is stronger that the human spirit.



XOXO,

Constance & Eric

www.constanceanderic.com

AIDS Walk NYC 2014 is upon us!!!

We have got the AIDS virus on the ropes. It is no longer the death sentence it once was and many are living healthy productive lives successfully managing this disease. That is why it is more important now than ever to keep up the fight. We need testing, studies, risk intervention, and treatments to continue but they can’t without your help. 
Please consider donating to our teams efforts to raise money for these necessary weapons in the battle against AIDS.
EVEN BETTER, come join our team and walk with us, alongside thousands of people who are making a real difference.


*We have 2 “Thank You” gifts available:
-$50 (or more) donations will receive a limited edition, 8.5 X 11, signed Constance & Eric, archival fine art print of the above image we created to represent the solidarity of AIDS Walk NYC. 
-$350 (or more) donations will receive a 1hr Constance & Eric portrait session in our Brooklyn home studio. This can be anything you wish, head-shots, family portraits, and yes, of course, nudes if you like.

Please go to the Constance & Eric AIDS Walk team page and help us contribute to the massive daily efforts that will insure our daughter’s generation learns of how AIDS kills, not from personal experience, but from history books.

XOXO,

C&E

www.constanceanderic.com

Well, guess the only bad publicity is NO publicity.

So right at the end of 2013 we were approached by the ABC News show, Nightline. They were interested in doing a story about our work, the social ethics we adhere to and promote, as well as the various organizations we donate our services to. Unfortunately, the final show fell a bit short of all that in favor of headline grabbing sensationalism.  Instead of getting us down though, it has done just the opposite and reinforces our belief that what we are doing, what we are trying to say, is so very important in a culture that far to often guiltily paints sexuality as a negative.
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Here is the link to the online version of the show:
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/personalized-porn-sex-social/story?id=22705995

We were also actually asked by NERVE.com’s Kate Hakala, what our thoughts were about our work being branded as porn as well as our general reaction to the piece which resulted in a lovely “our side of the story” angled article she wrote about us that you can find here at nerve.com.
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 In the end, if we just made one person feel free from the unnecessary weight of sexual or body shame, if one person realized that all those “dirty” thoughts they have in their head are not only natural, but virtually universal across the human experience, than it is all worth it. 

Well…that was certainly an exciting 15 minutes of fame, now if you’ll excuse us, it’s time to get back to work ;)

XOXO,

Constance & Eric

www.constanceanderic.com





The incomparable art of Cecelia Webber

Nudity is our most natural state, it is when when we are the closest to what nature intended for us.
Cecelia Webber’s work takes that concept several steps further by creating images of nature, with numerous tiny nude human figures.
Her composites are both intricately detailed and easily digested at the same time.
Basically, your first glance is delightful and as you look deeper, you find yourself engaged far more than any initial impressions may have suggested.

Take a look at her work with this project (as well as others) at www.ceceliawebber.com and try not to get too lost in the delightful world she has ben kind enough to invite us all into.

XOXO,

Constance & Eric

www.constanceanderic.com

The Museum of Sex has hung some of our work!

We now officially have our work hanging in the Museum of Sex in NYC as part of their permanent art collection.
imageIt is a lovely triptych that was curated by the museum and is hanging opposite a Keith Haring and a Picasso.
imageWe also have printed and framed 4 more Museum edition prints that we have just made available for sale yesterday, please contact us if you are interested in them.

XOXO,

Constance & Eric

www.constanceanderic.com

Will you be our Valentine?

imageHappy Valentine’s day lovelies :)

XOXO,

Constance & Eric

www.constanceanderic.com

Noteworthy Books: Fighting the Crusade Against Sex by Dr. Jill McDevitt

A Sexologist? What is that? (you might ask)
Well, it is the seemingly endlessly vibrant Dr. Jill McDevitt, that’s who.
From an early age, Jill was fascinated with relationships and their intricacies. Entirely self taught as a youth, by the time she reached college, she earned the right to be called a therapist, in many respects, more than many professional therapists working today!
Of course, she than backed up the passion and knowledge with formal training but reading her book, one can’t help but think how enjoyable her studies must have been for her considering her near giddy fascination with the topic.

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Jill’s book “Fighting the Crusade Against Sex” reads like two narratives. The one is her struggle to open an adult boutique (much different from neon bathed sex stores in the industrial sections of America’s towns) in a largely socially conservative community. The other story is her development as a young girl, on up through school, through college and beyond. These two stories are wonderfully personal recollections and beautifully support each other to fully establish her life’s ambitions in the context of her struggle as a small business owner. 
OK, OK, yes, Jill is beautiful and blond and a girl, with a store that is overwhelmingly pink, and loves talking about feelings however, make no mistake about it, she as tough a fighter as there ever was. She always takes the high road but never relents and dissects situations in ways that would make a forensics team blush with envy. Jill’s passion and personality are intertwined in a way that made her success in her struggles seem, well, guaranteed. She is so driven that reading about the details of her battles, one can’t help but think these are just ceremonial motions and the outcome has already been decided in her favor. THIS is what happens when passions and careers meet, this seemingly effortless maneuvering through life’s more difficult challenges is the stable of the driven.
If you can smile on your worst days, how great are your good days going to feel?

At the title of the book we felt a kinship with Jill. On our own level we have come up against our fair share opposition to what we do especially considering we stand in against what a lion-share of the photo industry is built upon, just like Jill, we will keep doing our thing with grace and integrity knowing that, in the end, we are putting something good out into the world.

As always, discussions on our book recommendations are highly encouraged. 

XOXO,

Constance & Eric

www.constanceanderic.com

"Why walk when you can Gallop"

Why walk indeed. 
To say that Cindy Gallop has lived several lives wold be inaccurate, she is LIVING several lives, at once, as you read this.
Founder of the US branch of advertising powerhouse BBH, founder of IfWeRanTheWorld, as well as MakeLoveNotPorn, and it’s “put your money where your mouth is” sister site, MakeLoveNotPorn TV. She has decorated her home to the point of genius curator in order to make any guy who walks in the door “a sure thing in two minutes”.
Like Cindy, we believe in the possibilities of changing the world through sex namely, by doing whatever you can to establish a guilt-free, honest, real dialogue about sex and sexuality.
We were beyond honored to have had the opportunity to shoot Cindy in her home and have some time to not only steep in her excitement and absorb her insight, but to examine her in the ways only portrait photography can. She is so exceedingly gracious and comfortable with herself that we quickly saw why so many have fallen under her charm.
The only disagreement we really have with her is that we think most people are a “sure thing” the moment they meet her.
Here are some images from our shoot together, we hope you enjoy what has become one of our most satisfying portrait sittings.

We highly recommend you check out one of the links above or, for what became the larger worlds introduction to Cindy Gallop, check out her 2009 TEDTalk however, you have to get it on You Tube as it’s not on the TED main site. Perhaps the phrase “cum on her face” is a bit too direct for them? See it for yourself and let us know what you think.

XOXO,

Constance & eric

www.constanceanderic.com

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