Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Conversation with Camille Seaman




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The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen concludes tomorrow. Fittingly today's conversation is with artist Camille Seaman who has been photographing icebergs in the Arctic and Antarctica. Her series Last Iceberg is in fact part of an even larger project entitled Melting Away, which documents all of the polar region.
Camille Seaman has a connection with nature that so many of us lack and she produces stunning imagery that is awe inspiring and hopefully will make us reconsider our actions.



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NP: Tell us a little about yourself.

CS: I am a fearless person, I see each day as a gift and look for the beauty in as much as I can. I am not a cynical person and I love to laugh. I was raised in the knowing that all things are interconnected and that this false idea that we as humans are separate from nature is what I seek to challenge with my images.
less interesting but true... I am 40 years old, my mother is African-American and Italian and my father is a Shinnecock Indian from Long Island, NY. I went to the "Fame" High School, and SUNY Purchase for University.


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NP: How did you discover photography?

CS: I was born with a camera in my hand! ;-)
No really I always had a camera in my hand as a child...However it was not until I was 32 yrs. old that I realized that I wanted to be a professional photographer.



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NP: Where do you find inspiration?

CS: In everything! Its everywhere! books, movies, paintings, children, nature... my mind.



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NP: How do your projects come about?

CS: Totally by chance. A door opens and I always am excited to see where it goes. No successful project I have was planned by me... it just organically developed.



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NP: What’s next?

CS: I would be lying if I said I knew... I am open to whatever comes.


NP: Thank you so much!

To see more of Camille's work please visit www.camilleseaman.com.

2 comments:

Pamela Hochschartner Viola said...

Wow! What incredible images!

Rona Chang said...

Achingly beautiful. Thank you Camille and Nina.