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Camille Seaman:
A Matter of Time

Winter Garden Gallery at Brookfield Place

Returning to Antarctica in the time of Covid

Discover nine photographs on view in the Winter Garden Gallery as part of the series, A Matter of Time, by Camille Seaman. The exhibition features photographs captured during the winter solstice on the Weddel Sea in Antarctica in December 2021.

A Matter of Time was captured during the longest night of the year on the Weddell Sea. During the solstice, the sunset and sunrise happen side by side on the horizon and are only two hours apart. It is during this time that the colors of the sunset merge into the colors of the sunrise.

“On this special occasion, we had windless and glassy conditions. It felt surreal. The neon colors and ice formations merged to create a perfect symmetry. Like a dream on a distant planet. ‘You cannot fake time.’ This wisdom was told to me in the early days of my photo career, and I understood what it meant. If you want to make a true document of a place, or subject, you must put in the time. I have been fortunate enough to work in Antarctica since 2004, almost every year until Covid happened. When I left Antarctica in February of 2020, I had no idea that I might not ever make it back due to a global pandemic.

I fell in love almost 20 years ago when I saw my first iceberg in the Weddell Sea. Nothing boggles the mind as easily as beholding a massive tabular iceberg that renders your ship insignificant. And if you are lucky, you might catch the light as it kisses the epic drifting colossus and creates magic.”

– Camille Seaman

A Matter of Time is presented by Arts Brookfield in partnership with Photoville Festival.


Photographer Camille Seaman believes in capturing images that articulate that humans are not separate from nature. Born to a Native American father and African American mother, Camille’s sense of connection with nature stems from growing up as a descendant of Shinnecock Indian grandfather on Long Island, New York, and his influence. After graduating from the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied photography with Jan Groover and John Cohen, she has spent the last two decades documenting the rapidly changing landscapes of Earth’s polar regions—from South Georgia, the Falkland Islands, and below the Antarctic Circle to Greenland, Canada, and beyond. Her photographs have been published in National Geographic magazine. Her work has also appeared in Outside, TIME, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, American Photo, and German GEO, among other outlets. Camille has been a TED Senior Fellow since 2013, and was also named a Stanford Knight Fellow and Cinereach Filmmaker in Residence Fellow. She leads photographic workshops all over the globe, and enjoys inspiring others to develop a unique visual voice.


Photoville Festival 2022 will kick off with an Opening Day Community Celebration in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Saturday, June 4, 2022 and will feature over 60 public art exhibitions across all 5 boroughs in NYC for the month of June.

The Festival will also feature artist-led walking tours, workshops, and opportunities for educators and students to connect with the Festival’s featured visual storytellers.

Photoville is a New York-based nonprofit organization that promotes photography and works to make this art form widely accessible.


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