The Last Iceberg is one piece of a larger project entitled “Melting Away” which documents the polar regions of our planet, their environments, life forms, history of human exploration and the communities that work and live there.
Nick Cave once sang, “All things move toward their end.” Icebergs give the impression of doing just that, in their individual way much as humans do; they have been created of unique conditions and shaped by their environments to live a brief life in a manner solely their own. Some go the distance traveling for many years slowly being eroded by time and the elements; others get snagged on the rocks and are whittled away by persistent currents. Still others dramatically collapse in fits of passion and fury. The Last Iceberg chronicles just a handful of the many thousands of icebergs that are currently headed to their end. I approach the images of icebergs as portraits of individuals, much like family photos of my ancestors. I seek a moment in their life in which they convey their unique personality, some connection to our own experience and a glimpse of their soul which endures.
Camille Seaman is perhaps one of the most prolific artists working in the documentary/fine art tradition, studying under masters of the craft — Jan Groover, Steve McCurry, Sebastiao Salgado and Paul Fusco. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Italian and German GEO, TIME, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, Outside, Zeit Wissen, Men’s Journal, Seed, Camera Arts, Issues, PDN and American Photo among many others.
Camille is a TED Senior Fellow, a Stanford Knight Fellow and in 2008 she was honored with a one-person exhibition, “The Last Iceberg” at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. Her most recent book Melting Away A Ten-Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions is available now.
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