Neil Ever Osbourne
Submitted by Zane Andres, HCC member
Neil Ever Osbourne is a conservation photojournalist whose mission is to show us the link between people and the earth, showing our impact on the world. When one hears environmentalism there is sometimes a bit of hesitation. Given the subject nature, environmentalism can carry a reputation as preachy which can cause concern for some. Neil is nothing like that – he doesn’t judge, he doesn’t criticize, and he doesn’t condone. All he does is present truths and leave you to ponder them. Neil and his overwhelming enthusiasm and positivity show this is a man who was absolutely in love with his work. Neil is a perfect example of the doors that photography can open for all of us. While he did not go into detail, he did hint at some hardships in his life such as getting rejected for university and breaking both of his legs which ended a soccer career. With these two avenues closed, he engrossed himself in photography which helped launch him into his current life. Nowadays to his own admission, less than ten percent of his work is photography but everywhere he is now is from his love of the camera.
Neil started by showing us a single photo of a sea turtle with its head resting on a discarded plastic bottle. The photo was Neil’s first major hit and speaks volumes about his work. The sea turtle was simply living its life – it had come to the beach to nest and was returning to the beach, something it and its kin had probably done forever. In doing this the sea turtle came across a plastic bottle, the same type you may place in your child’s lunch box. This one bottle, improperly disposed of, found its way to the turtle’s habitat out of human laziness. The sea turtle did not identify the bottle, as it was a foreigner to its ecosystem, and he crawled over it. The bottle may have ultimately been innocuous but it does cause one to wonder, what if this was something that could have been dangerous?