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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Camille Seaman: Melting Away at the Half King

Image Above: Camille Seaman, Bergy Bits in Errera Channel, Errera Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Dec. 2007, courtesy of the Half King ©Camille Seaman

Camille Seaman has spent ten years making expeditions to the Arctic regions of Svalbarg, Greenland and Antarctica in order to photograph the history of human explorations, and the communities that work and live there. Taking center stage in her focus on these landscapes are icebergs—their mega personalities, behaviors, and shapes.

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Anna Van Lenten (curator), Winifred Armstrong

Melting Away is both document and elegy. Born as distinct sculptures, icebergs' crags, grooves, faces, mesas, and valleys seem to insist I am here. "I approach the images of icebergs as portraits of individuals, much like family photos of my ancestors," Camille says. Like animals, they begin their journey by calving—breaking off from an ice mass. Some at birth are inconquerably dominant, some not, but all share the same fate: accelerated by climate change, their singular angularity will ultimately meld with the waters that hold them, all the while releasing mineral-rich nutrients locked within.

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Camille Seaman, Breaching Iceberg - Greenland, August 8, 2008, courtesy of the Half King ©Camille Seaman

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Camille Seaman, Looking at the Icebergs, The Ross Sea Near Franklin Island, Antarctica, 2006, courtesy of the Half King ©Camille Seaman

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Camille Seaman, Stranded Icebergs Detail II, Cape Bird, Antarctica, December 25, 2006, courtesy of the Half King ©Camille Seaman

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Jody Sperling, Zaria Forman, Paul Miller

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From December 16, 2014 to February 3, 2015.

Photographs from the event by Maira Garcia

 

 

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