Melting Away: Portraits of polar ice with personality

May 2, 2014 /

For many of us, the climate crisis is a giant social, economic and environmental specter; for photographer Camille Seaman, it’s personal. A Shinnecock Indian, Seaman sees “images of icebergs as portraits of individuals,” akin to family photos — only these faces are dissolving. Over the last decade, the Emeryville, California–based TED Fellow has been documenting icebergs in both the Arctic and Antarctic for her “Melting Away” project. She writes in an email: “I felt that whenever I would come home it was like waking up in a nightmare where no one seemed to be paying attention to the larger picture. How hard is it to understand that we are poisoning ourselves, our water, our air, our land — and we are taking down how many untold species with us?” Take a look at 15 of her shots of icebergs and glaciers (along with some penguins and a polar bear) to see the world through Seaman’s eyes. And check out The Earth Academy, an awareness campaign she just launched to teach sustainability education.

Stuck Under the Moon, Disko Bay, Greenland, September 2009

Terminus, Raudfjord, Svalbard, June 20, 2010

Polar Bear on Glacier, Svalbard, June 2009

Walking on the Frozen Sea Ice, Cape Washington, Antarctica December 2006

You Go First, Adelie Penguins, The Ross Sea, Antarctica, December 2006

Looking at the Icebergs Near Franklin Island, Ross Sea, Antarctica, December 21, 2006

Rasmussen Glacier, East Greenland, August 2006

Terminus, Neko Harbor, Antarctic Peninsula, December 8, 2007

Sun Dimpled Iceberg in Errera Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, December 2007

Iceberg Detail with Glaucous Gulls, East Greenland, August 24, 2006

Majestic Iceberg III, Errera Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, December 15, 2007

Icebergs Colliding Near Elephant Island, Southern Ocean, February 1, 2010

Blue Underside Revealed Detail II, Svalbard, July 5, 2010

On Top of the World, North West Greenland, September 2009

Stranded Iceberg III, Cape Bird, Antarctica December 25, 2006

Camille Seaman_Evigheds Fjord

Evigheds Fjord, Eternity Glacier, West Greenland, September 2009

All photos courtesy of Camille Seaman.