By: Lauren Ali
ALL IMAGES BY CAMILLE SEAMAN
We’ve all heard the same stories about climate change: “Everything is melting;” “Polar bears have no homes and are drowning;” “Sea levels are rising but it’s not a good thing.”
Honestly, we hear these tragic facts yet they don’t feel urgent anymore. But the truth is, we have to start caring. Camille Seaman, a documentary and fine art photographer, reminds us of the importance of the big melt. She captures the breathtaking vastness and natural beauty of glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica. The massive blocks of ice are framed to look like sculptures in an art gallery or intricate paintings against a gray sky of canvas. Seaman emphasizes the deterioration of these icebergs and the shelter being destroyed for bears by creating awareness through her striking photographs.
“As an artist, connection is very important to me,” says Camille. “Through my work, I’m trying to articulate that humans are not separate from nature and that everything is interconnected. I first went to Antarctica almost 10 years ago, where I saw my first icebergs. I was in awe. My heart beat fast, my head was dizzy, trying to comprehend what it was that stood in front of me. The icebergs around me were almost 200 feet out of the water, and I could only help but wonder that this was one snowflake on top of another snowflake, year after year. Icebergs are born when they calve off of glaciers or break off of ice shelves. Each iceberg has its own individual personality. They have a distinct way of interacting with their environment and their experiences. Some refuse to give up and hold on to the bitter end, while others can’t take it anymore and crumble in a fit of dramatic passion.”
To view more of her work, check out Camille’s website and follow her on Instagram/Twitter @camilleseaman.