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Boscastle flood pics to feature in press snapper's show

The first pictures taken of the Boscastle floods are among the images to have gone on display at an exhibition by a Cornish press photographer.

Emily Whitfield-Wicks, who works for Apex News & Pictures, was the first on the scene as rainwater began flooding the harbour village in 2004, and she has included some of her work from the disaster to feature in her first solo exhibition.

She said: “It was very scary. I happened to be in the vicinity about an hour before the floods, taking pictures of a plaque presentation in the community hall.

“The rain came down and it happened so quickly. It looked like a scene from a film.”

Through Apex, Emily, (36), is contracted to take photographs for the Cornish Guardian, and many of the photographs on display at the exhibition have been published in the paper.

Her work also appears in the Western Morning News and in the national press.

Before joining Apex, Emily had travelled the world working as a photographer on cruise ships, and was previously a staff photographer on the Cornish Guardian – where her father, Cedric Whitfield-Wicks, was once editor.

Emily said: “It’s nice to think I’m working for the same paper he edited. It gives me more passion for the paper.”

Emily’s exhibition is now open and runs until November 6 at the Sterts Centre at Upton Cross, near Liskeard. Admission is free.

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