The Last Iceberg.
Photographs by Camille Seaman. Text by Paul Hawken.
photolucida, Portland, OR, 2008. 64 pp., 29 color illustrations, 8½x10".
It is hardly possible to look at Camille Seaman’s icebergs as inert or insentient.
Therein lies the gift these images bestow. Though they are made of
ice, these massifs of the sea are as diverse and distinct as any terrestrial
form. The tabular mesas broken off from the Weddell Ice Shelf are white
glazed deserts. The crystal pinnacles cast off from Greenland seem to be
mountaintops set adrift. Icebergs known as drydocks can have arches and
bridges carved by rain and wind. Unstable pinnacles can invert themselves
as they melt above sea line, creating localized tidal waves that can
easily swamp a nearby boat.
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