"...the Earth is not just our mother
- we are made of this
..." Camille Seaman said as she loaded up her first slide.
"None of us were born in space or on another planet
- so everything that went into creating us came from this planet. And this planet is made from pieces of exploding stars
...all of the metals that form the core of our planet
- the metals that we mine and adorn our bodies with come from exploding stars.
"...we are made of stars
This was only the start of Camille Seaman's lecture at The Space yesterday, as she took us along on her personal journey (tagged onto the end of the story of creation!) to becoming a National Geographic award-winning photographer.
Admitting that she was, by both nature and heredity, a bit of a storyteller, she proceed to tell us the story of her travels and growth as a photographer.
Camille played a slideshow of her current portfolio. Her soft-spoken voice only enhanced the boldness of her storytelling and photographic work documenting the fragile environment of the North and South Pole regions.
Her images are as courageous as they are beautiful.
Camille's life and work is inspirational and the peace, scale and calmness of her photography is thrilling.
After viewing her portfolio on the huge digital screen (a size perfectly suited for a subject so enormous), and following her unfolding of her perspective from having visited the vast openness of the planet's poles multiple times,
you couldn't help but to leave the presentation last night loving the earth just a little bit more than you did before.
At the end of the night she raffled off some prints to raise funds and awareness about her next (and last) visit to the Arctic, weaving the guests into her personal story of documenting the fragile extremes of our planet.
Thank you Camille for spreading the earth love!
(All photos © Unique for the Space)