Icebergs behoove the soul (both being self-made from elements least visible) to see themselves: fleshed, fair, erected, indivisible.
--Elizabeth Bishop

Melting Away: A Conversation with Camille Seaman

Melting Away: A Conversation with Camille Seaman

Apr 21, 2021-- Camille Seaman's journey to becoming a pre-eminent photographer and environmental activist is remarkable and inspiring in equal parts. "Why is my picture of an iceberg resonating with you in a way that someone else's picture of an iceberg didn't? I can only answer personally that I think my intention of looking at this thing as a living creature, as a being unto itself, an ancient being, and honoring that it has had a life that we will never comprehend. So, when I photograph it, that's what I'm feeling and thinking about, and hopefully, if I do it right, you will feel some of that, too. I stepped foot onto the sea ice and started walking. It was really squeaky and dry and wasn't what I expected. There were little twigs stuck in the ice every ten feet or so, which was the road. I thought, "Wow, there's even a path." Every ten minutes or so, a guy would come up on a snowmobile and ask, "Do you need help?" I'd be like, "I'm just going for a walk." I walked for some time to point where there were no more twigs and no more traffic. It was just all white." What happened in the next five hours was a turning point in Seamans life. (1545 reads)


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