PHOTOS: Prescription for a Polar Vortex

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on Advocate.com January 10 2014 4:00 AM ET

Model: Alvaro Francisco (Images Model Management)

Now that hell has actually frozen over, you may need some professional help to feel less, uh, frigid. Matt Monath comes to the rescue with his summery, golden beach photos that will cure your chillblains (whatever they are).

As a fashion, beauty, and portraiture photographer, Matt Monath is known for his signature colorful and bold imagery. Capturing the essence of icons such as Rita Ora, Karmin, Isis King, and more, he takes daring moves with color and light.

While Monath’s work is often shot in a studio setting, these shots take us out onto the beach — Riis Beach, to be exact. Riis Beach is a private, gay-friendly, and commonly nudist beach in New York's Rockaways. The sand and ocean have a great significance to Monath, who was born and raised in Rockaway Beach. You’ll see some recognizable LGBT faces in this work, such as Isis King and Jonathan D. Lovitz. It also features Broadway stars, contestants from America’s Next Top Model, and more.

To see more of Matt Monath’s colorful work, check out MattMonath.com. When Matt isn’t snapping pictures, he’s helping others with their creative visions as a photo assistant, digital tech, and retoucher. Or maybe he’s on an adventure. You can also see behind-the scenes photos, learn about his shoots, and chat with Matt at these links:

Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter- @MattMonathPhoto, Instagram- @MattMonathPhoto

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Model: Tarion Taylor-Anderson

Model: Alec Bell

Model: Justin Clynes (Click Model Management)

Model: Patrick Ortiz

Model: Paul McGill (Broadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Fame, choreographer, dancer)

Model: Corey Mach (Broadway’s Godspell, Hands on a Hardbody)

Model: Jonathan D. Lovitz (Logo’s Setup Squad, Logo’s 1 Girl 5 Gays, entertainer, LGBT advocate)

Model: Alvaro Francisco (Images Model Management)

Model: Kevin Wiltz

Model: Justin Clynes (Click Model Management)

Model: Wade Schaming

Model: Isis King (America’s Next Top Model: All Stars, fashion designer, LGBT icon)

Model: Laura Kirkpatrick (America’s Next Top Model: All Stars)

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