Born and raised in Montreal Canada, I am now a Brooklyn-based photographer. I am self-taught, and I use both digital and analog formats. I am the Founder and Director of Camera of the Month Club, a NYC photography collective. I was a 2017 Nikon Scholarship and 2015 National Natural Eye Scholarship winner at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops, and I am an Artist Member of SohoPhoto Gallery in NYC.
I work in the field of youth development, women’s empowerment and human rights, both locally and internationally, with a focus on using photography for social justice and advocacy.
My personal work focuses on the beaches of NYC, with a focus on Rockaway and Fort Tilden. I have been working on my current series, Beach Lovers, for over three years. I am a surfer and beach bum at heart. My work is held in private collections in the US, Canada and Brazil.
My commercial work can be found at: Erica Reade Photography.
BEACH LOVERS ARTIST STATEMENT
I spend a lot of time observing NYC beach-goers; their bodies swaying in the waves, splayed out half-asleep on sandy towels, or chasing small children around with more sunscreen. We are raw and exposed on the beach, stripped of our clothes, our makeup, our status markers. My involvement with the subjects is one of an observer, recorder and sometimes, voyeur. My intention is to capture the human experience of love and sensuality in public places, blending both street and documentary photography approaches to the beach. My interest is in the shift in behavior from NYC streets to the beaches of Rockaway, Fort Tilden and Coney Island. There is something about being on the beach that emboldens couples to enjoy more affectionate freedom, their inhibitions less hidden than anywhere else I've observed in the city. Beach Lovers is a collection of intimate moments shared by couples I’ve observed at the beach. This series is about the small moments of tenderness between couples, whether sharing a wet embrace, long laughs, or a lazy limb-entwined nap on a beach blanket. These photos illustrate love and sensuality in their purest states.
All Images Copyright Erica Reade 2008-2018.