Inspirational photographer and speaker Camille Seaman insists that artists can build their own path to success through a mindful awareness of true goals. She also speaks about parenthood, our connection to nature, and the importance of being able to slow down and truly look at the world.
“I find so many artists not only undersell themselves but they don’t believe in themselves. I have to tell you, each one of you, that what we are is we are special. We alter reality so that it is different. We offer a vision that doesn’t exist. That’s not only a gift, it’s mystical. You have to own that. Own it as a calling. Own it as a passion.”
Camille Seaman, a member of the Shinnecock Tribe, is a documentary/fine art photographer whose work focuses on the “fragile environment of the Polar Regions.” Currently based in California, Seaman was born in Huntington, Long Island in 1969. She attended the prestigious High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, where she was introduced to a number of museum and private collections and began making photographs. Seaman then attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase College, graduating in 1992. At age 32 she began to focus on a photography career, leading her to study with such renowned professionals as Steve McCurry, Sebastião Salgado, and Paul Fusco. Seaman has now worked within over 30 countries, and has been published in numerous sources, including National Geographic, Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times Magazine, Camera Arts, and PDN. She has self-published several books, including My China and Melting Away: Polar Images, through Fastback Creative Books, a company she co-founded. In 2011 she became a TED conference Fellow, and in 2013 a TED conference Senior Fellow and a Stanford University Knight Fellow. Her awards include the Critical Mass Top Monograph Book Award (2006), National Geographic Award (2006), Nikon.Net Editor’s Choice Award (2006), and an artist’s residency onboard M/V Orlov in Antartica (2007). In 2008 she received a solo exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. for her project The Last Iceberg.