Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Shooting Penguins in the Falkland Islands to Save Them

Photographer Neil Ever Osborne photographed king penguins in the Falkland Islands at the height of breeding season. (Neil Ever Osborne)
Photographer Neil Ever Osborn hopes that his work helps save the species
Smithsonian Magazine

Its unmistakable shape and crisp color scheme make the penguin one of nature’s most effective ambassadors—a fact not lost on Neil Ever Osborne, whose photograph of king penguins in the Falkland Islands emphasizes the sinuous lines and sculptural form of this second-largest penguin species. “My primary focus was the geometry of these animals,” Osborne says. This colony of kings, which the Toronto-based photographer visited at the height of breeding season in February, exists at the northern extreme of the species’ range, where warming oceans threaten the krill that form the base of the marine food chain—and thus threaten the penguins, which mostly eat fish. Osborne is planning a speaking tour with the photos to spur conservation efforts. The scientific argument for tempering our impact on the planet is crucial, he says, but he prefers reaching out “in a way that’s less about statistics and pie charts...and more about heartbeats and goosebumps.”


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