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Success of walk in Boston puts photographers in focus

By Travelworries  |  Posted: September 19, 2012

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A NEW photography group could be formed in Boston following the success of the latest walk around the town organised by The Alchemy Project.

Twenty-one people took part in a photographic urban ramble around Boston last Saturday, which was led by social artist and photographer Katie Smith – and they enjoyed it so much Katie was asked if she could carry on and set up a regular meeting for them.

"The photo-walk went really well and I was overwhelmed by the number of enthusiastic photographers that turned up," said Katie.

"The universal language of photography certainly cut through the generations as our group ranged from children to OAPs and every age group in between. It also cut through cultures, with British, Russian and Polish walkers sharing their interest in image making.

"The group was very friendly, with some of our previous photo-walkers not only making a return visit but bringing along their friends. Many of the walkers who are local to Boston discovered footpaths which they didn't know existed."

Katie said there was a lot of enthusiasm for setting up a group which could meet regularly for photographic walks around the town.

"Many of the walkers are keen to share their favourite routes," she said. "I've already had an email from one gentleman who suggested that next time we could round off our walk with a visit to a cafe to get to know each other better, which is what The Alchemy Project is all about."

And a local mystery was unravelled thanks to some of the walkers.

"I'd always wondered how the Gassy Pad footpath got its name," said Katie. "Someone said it is because it runs alongside land which used to be the gas works, so that explains it."

Work is now under way to try to set up the new group. Details will be posted on The Alchemy Project website www.alchemyproject.eu or call JUST Lincolnshire on 01522 836161.

The walks are the latest in a series of events organised by The Alchemy Project, which has been set up to help break down the barriers between the different communities living in Boston.

The Alchemy Project is attempting to unravel the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices associated with the changes and challenges that Boston and the surrounding area face.


The  project will initially run until March 2013 and is an initiative conceived by JUST Lincolnshire, the county's equality and human rights organisation. It is being co-ordinated by Lincoln-based arts consultants cultural solutions UK.


It is funded by the Community Development Foundation and other partners are Boston College, Boston Borough Council, South Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Service, the Aegis Trust, Victim Support, Stop Hate UK and the Boston Community Safety Partnership.

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