Beach Lovers celebrates intimate moments shared by couples on the beaches of NYC, with a focus on the Rockaways. Erica Reade spent the last seven years photographing beach-goers, documenting loving gestures between couples. Some are tender, rubbing sunscreen on a partner's back; others lustful, a deep kiss in the water. Being on the beach emboldens couples to enjoy more affectionate freedom, their inhibitions less hidden than anywhere else in the city. There is something mesmerizing about escaping from the sweltering metropolis to sit on such a beautiful coastline. Beach Lovers is about the public display of intimacy between couples from diverse backgrounds and a claiming of public space for private tenderness.

Beach Lovers is published by Daylight Books.