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Brilliant Boston - new exhibition at council offices

Boston looking at its best is portrayed in a new exhibition of photographs, providing an answer to a nomination for inclusion in a new book of "crap towns".

Boston photographer Christopher Lewis with Mayor and Mayoress of Boston, Cllr Paul and Mrs Pam Kenny at the opening of his exhibition "Brilliant Boston - It Never Went Away"

Photographer Christopher Lewis is displaying pictures he has taken in and around Boston in a free exhibition in the atrium at the council offices in West Street.

The collection - "Brilliant Boston - It Never Went Away" - includes atmospheric images of the Stump, Maud Foster Mill, the Market Place from the Stump, the marina, the May Fair and scenic river and countryside panoramas.

Mr Lewis (44), who lives in Boston, said: "People who may think, or say, that Boston is a crap town only need to slow down, pause and open their eyes. Boston is beautiful and my photographs show that. They say that the camera doesn't lie, and, the pictures show what I have seen."

Mayor of Boston, Cllr Paul Kenny, said: "Mr Lewis has done a superb job of portraying what we all know - that Boston is a brilliant place if you take the time to stand and look. His photographs are beautiful showing the best of Boston and parts of the borough throughout the seasons."

Mr Lewis works as a quality auditor for Bakkavor, but says his passion is photography and he would like to turn his part-time hobby into his full-time occupation. He was seized by the bug in 2010 when he got his first high-quality SLR digital camera, but said he had always had an eye for a picture beyond the normal holiday snaps which most people take.

He is self taught, picking up technical advice and technique from photography magazines and books, the internet and "lots and lots of trial and error".

He uses programs to enhance certain aspects of his pictures, including multi-layering, but only to faithfully reproduce what his eyes see and to make allowances for the failings of the camera lens.

Mr Lewis is also interested in more unusual angles and has used a technique called tilt shift photography which makes the finished image look like a miniature model when viewed from above.

His other recent creations have included black-and-white pictures where a small focal point is picked out in colour, such as the vivid red of a ladybird on a pine cone, and a commercial picture where he placed children in the centre of a flower.

Brilliant Boston - It Never Went Away can be seen Monday to Thursday, 8.45am to 5.15pm and Fridays from 8.45am to 4.45pm. All the pictures, in their mounts, are for sale for £20 each.

You can see more of Mr Lewis's work at his website www.christopherlewisphotography.co.uk

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Some of the photographs by Christopher Lewis which can be seen in Boston Borough Council's West Street offices