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 an Artist Member of SohoPhoto Gallery in NYC, and I am a 2017 Nikon Scholarship and 2015 National Natural Eye Scholarship winner at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops. I am the founder of Camera of the Month Club, a NYC photography collective.
I work in the field of anti-violence, youth development, women’s empowerment and human rights, both locally and internationally, using the media arts to spread a message of non-violence. My current work focuses on the Rockaway Beaches in NYC. I capture the romance of nestled beach gem that is Rockaway, amidst the busy, hurried climate of New York City. I am a surfer and beach bum at heart. My work is held in private collections in the US and Canada. My commercial work can be found at: Erica Reade Photography.
I spend a lot of time observing beach-goers at Rockaway Beach, Queens; 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, bringing a street photography approach to the beach. My interest is the shift in human behavior from NYC streets to Rockaway beach, there is something about being on the beach hat emboldens couples to enjoy more affectionate freedom, their inhibitions less hidden. 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 an 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 2008-2017.