The Last Iceberg: Nature Sculpts Itself, Then Dies

Friday, 18 March 2011 10:07 By Max Eternity, t r u t h o u t | Interview | name.

The Last Iceberg: Nature Sculpts Itself, Then Dies
Photos courtesy of Camille Seaman and Corden | Potts Gallery.

"This is my planet. If I can make a connection to people that this is our home, I've succeeded." -Camille Seaman, artist

With an ancestry of African-American, Italian and Shinnecock Indian in her veins, perhaps it should come as no surprise that photographer Camille Seaman feels a deep connection to the earth, which she affirmed in a recent conversation. Looking me straight in the eye, "This," she said with noble conviction, "is my planet."

As a teenager, Seaman went to the renowned Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, about which an all-the-rage, blockbuster movie entitled "Fame" was made in the early 1980s. After high school, Seaman went to college in New York to study art, and she says fine art was always her passion as a child. But as a curious caveat, she adds that she didn't know until she was about 30 that she would "use a camera." That's a modest way of putting it for someone whose work is now regularly published in National Geographic magazine, as well as in Newsweek, The New York Times Sunday magazine, and many other venues.

Seaman is a 2011 TED (technology, entertainment, design) fellow, and is currently exhibiting a selection of her digitally-printed, large-format photographs of icebergs at Corden|Potts Gallery in downtown San Francisco. The body of work is contemplative and haunting, invoking an assembly of ancestral beings incarnating their wisdom and presence in gravity-defying physical form, distilled on display in a private, sacred space. Each iceberg in each piece is a persona majestic and monumental, being at once regal and rough hewn, representing millions of pounds of ice amassed over hundreds of thousands of years formed as single entities that mirror and float weightlessly in tandem, adrift in preternaturally serene seas.

Nick Cave once sang a song entitled "All things move toward their end," Seaman says. This she relates to her work, as most of the icebergs photographed have either perished since 2003-2007, the years when initially captured. Or they have 

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