Exhibition is picture perfect as Lewis puts himself in the frame

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A YOUNG snapper has put himself in the frame with his first ever photographic exhibition.

Lewis Bond officially unveiled his exhibition, which as been put on display at Tynemouth’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

The 12-year-old from Ashington has featured a dozen of his wildlife-inspired images, including the aquarium’s newest arrival and Lewis’ favourite animal – Reg the iguana.

Other pictures feature seals, octopus, clownfish, lionfish, starfish and a variety of other marine species.

Lewis, who attends Bothal Middle School in Ashington, has been taking pictures since he received a camera as a Christmas present in 2010.

His mother Vivienne said: “Lewis says he enjoys taking photos because he likes to record things that he has seen and places he has visited.

“He likes to take a variety of pictures but he particularly likes wildlife and he would eventually like to be a photographer in the future.”

The youngster is a member of the Ashington Co-Op Camera Club and recently featured on television as one of the judges who chose the winning weather pictures for a BBC calendar for next year.

Blue Reef’s Anna Pellegrino said: “We’re delighted to have been able to host Lewis’ first ever photographic exhibition.

“Everyone here has been extremely impressed with Lewis’ pictures and I’m sure this will only be the first of many exhibitions he is involved with.

“He’s clearly got real talent and his enthusiasm for his subject is obvious.”