Born and raised in Montreal Canada, I am now a Brooklyn-based photographer. I am a full-time photographer, with a background in youth development, women’s empowerment and human rights, both locally and internationally, with a focus on using photography for social justice and advocacy. I am the Founding Director of Camera of the Month Club, a NYC photography collective. I was a 2017 Nikon Scholarship winner at the Santa Fe Photography Workshops, and I am an Artist Member of SohoPhoto Gallery in NYC.
My work focuses primarily on the beaches of NYC, with a focus on Rockaway and Fort Tilden. I have been working on my current series, Beach Lovers, for almost five 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, or splayed out half-asleep on sandy towels. We are raw and exposed on the beach, stripped of our clothes, our makeup, our status markers. 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. My involvement with my couples 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. Beach Lovers is a collection of intimate moments shared by couples I’ve observed at the beaches of NYC, with a focus on Rockaway, Fort Tilden and Coney Island. 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.