Biography

Mike Osborne was born on the Isle of Wight in 1982. He has always had an interest in art and after borrowing his fathers SLR camera in 1997, taught himself and fell in love with photography. Starting out photographing Mountain biking and Landscapes, Mike started to take photography more seriously after winning a national mountain bike magazine photo competition in 2004, and his photography soon started to appear in various local and national publications. More recently Mike has undertaken commissions from local businesses and projects ranging from fashion photography to local history. In 2008 Mike decided to return to education, and is currently studying a Commercial Photography FdA Degree course at the Arts University College, Bournemouth. Mike can often be seen walking about the Island in the depths of winter still wearing shorts.

Statement

"For me the Isle of Wight is were I call home. Not just the village I live in or the town where I was born, but the Island. When I have been away, once I get to the Island I am home. Growing up on the Island I spent most of my childhood outside with friends exploring, sailing and riding my bike. This not only ignited my love for photography, but also spurred an interest in local history and geography. I still get a buzz from finding places on the Island that are still so hidden and remote, only a handful of people know about them or have visited. Like most people who feel a closeness to where they were born and grew up, the Island to me is special. Not only has it given me friends who I'm still very close to, I believe it shaped me as a person and is a part of who I am."