A Southbourne teenager has celebrated the opening of his first exhibition of photographs.

Jack Key, 14, who goes to Bournemouth Collegiate School, enjoys taking photos in his spare time, but only recently considered selling them to the public.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Bournemouth, Cllr Chris Rochester and wife, Valerie, were invited to officially cut the ribbon on the exhibition of prints and canvases in &Tea at Southbourne Grove.

Inspiration for the gallery came from Jack’s GCSE Business Studies course, where he thought up the plans for a website for his photography, and a space to sell his pictures.

Jack said: “It all started when I went scuba diving last summer, and wanted to take pictures of the things I could see.

He added: “The first camera I used was a simple underwater one, but I only got my first proper camera a few months ago.

“My favourite pictures I’ve taken are of the sunsets, because of the vibrant colours.

“I wasn’t going to do Business Studies originally, but I’m so glad that I did, but it’s quite surreal to have my own exhibition of photos.

“A lot of people, particularly my friends, can’t believe that I took the pictures, they think that I downloaded them or something, until I show them the proof on my camera.

“I’ve not had any lessons on how to use a camera, it’s just something that I enjoy doing.”

Go to jackkeyphotography.co.uk.