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Melting Away: Portraits of polar ice with personality

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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…

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