Erica Reade records lovers’ loss of inhibitions on NYC beaches


Erica Reade is originally from Montreal Canada but she has been in NYC for 13 years. With a background is in International Affairs, she is now a full-time photographer based in Brooklyn. Erica is the Founding Director of the NYC photography collective Camera of the Month Club.

Erica Reade has been working on her series Beach Lovers since 2015, documenting now the fifth summer of the series. She is in the midst of refining the all work to create a photo book, with the intention of releasing it in 2020.

The grainy black and white paste of her pictures, seem to be revealing the authentic purity of emotions lining to that chemical tensions of attraction.

About ‘Beach Lovers‘– words by Erica Reade:

Beach Lovers is a collection of intimate moments shared by the couples observed on NYC’s beaches, with a focus on Rockaway, Fort Tilden, and Coney Island. 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, makeup, and our status markers. There is something about being on the beach that emboldens couples to enjoy more affectionate freedom, their inhibitions is less hidden than anywhere else I’ve observed in the city. This series document small moments of tenderness between couples, whether sharing a wet embrace, long laughs, or a lazy limb-entwined nap on a beach blanket. My involvement with the couples is one of an observer, a recorder and sometimes, a voyeur.

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3 min
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14 August 2019
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