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Camille Seaman – Artist Talk
29th March 2019 @ 7:30 pm
For almost two decades Camille Seaman had documented the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth’s polar regions through the lens of portraiture rather than landscape. As an expedition photographer aboard small ships in the Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland, she has chronicled the acceleration effects of global warming on the jagged face of nearly fifty thousand unique icebergs.
Seaman’s perspective of the landscape is entwined with her Shinnecock tribal identity, which taught her from an early age to recognize all living beings – trees , spiders, fish and even ice- as individual members of one, enormous family. Viewing human beings as fundamentally interconnected to nature, Seaman approaches photographing icebergs ” as if I am making portraits of my ancestors”, each one with a distinct history, personality, and set of social relationships. Her dynamic images embed her subjects in an enduring, nourishing, but increasingly strained relationship with their environment – of which humans are an integral part.