Evanston’s Perspective Gallery shows photos by 57 students

Young people are sharing their views in “Student Perspectives 2014,” an annual photography exhibit at Perspective Gallery in Evanston. Photos by 57 high school students were accepted for the show, which will be on display through May 25.

Each student was allowed to submit up to three photographs. Their works were judged by Joseph D. Jachna who taught photography for 40 years, including at the University of Illinois School of Art and Design. The award-winning photographer has his work in many collections and his photos have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, among other venues.

The largest number of photos accepted came from Libertyville High School with a dozen students each having one photo exhibited, including Colin Morabito for his stunning piece, “Out on a Limb.”

“We had a school field trip to this really cool antique shop,” Colin related. “They had a bunch of mannequins all over the store. I moved one of the mannequins around towards the light and then I took a picture of the mannequins’ legs and shoes. I thought it looked really cool with the lighting in the background.”

The junior took his first photography class in the fall, “but I started taking more pictures two years ago when I started using Instagram on the iPhone,” he said. “That’s how I got into photography. It’s fun to document where I go and what I do in cool ways.”

Colin has won three photography contests sponsored by a local newspaper and also won first and second place in a photography contest at Cook Memorial Public Library.

Next year, the 17-year-old Libertyville resident will be taking Advanced Placement Photography.

Despite his quick success, Colin isn’t currently contemplating a career in photography. “Right now, I’m just doing it for fun,” he said.

One look at Lauren Dantes’ photo, “Runaway” and you wonder how she achieved the mystifying effect. Turns out it was done with mirrors — and a lot of technical knowhow.

“With my brother’s help, we went down to the train station,” Lauren said. “I had him carrying around a mirror. I took a couple of shots with him in the picture and then with him out of the shot. Then I overlaid the image with him in it on top of the one where he wasn’t in it. Then I masked out what was in the mirror so it looked like there was nothing there.”

The Vernon Hills High School senior started taking photography classes during her sophomore year. She is current taking Advanced Placement Photography.

The 18-year-old Vernon Hills resident plans to minor in photography in college. “It’s really peaceful and it makes me happy,” she said.

Other area students with works in the show and their high schools are Jennifer Levin and Elaine Shull (Deerfield); Amanda Goreel and Zach Sorensen-Nielsen (Evanston Township); Nicole Shevlin (Glenbrook South); Madisen Curin and Taryn O’Grady (Hinsdale South); and Isabelle Banna, Kelly Brant, Maren Dziedzic, Magdalena Fazekas, Bennett Fuhrman, Kendall Lueder, Rosie Lynch, Danielle Molnar, Cassidy Motahari, Caroline Schwarm and Gabrielle Struik (Libertyville).

Also, Griffen Butler, Megan Dunbar, Shaelyn Giampetroni, Ryan Mcguire and Isabelle Trimble (Loyola); Marina Carsello (New Trier); James Robinson and Michael Valenti (North Shore Country Day); and Monica Gil, Rachel Jacobson, Jasmine Jurado, Luz Pacillas, Svetlana Sadovskaya, Wareesha Sohail and Annie Sokolowski (Vernon Hills).

‘Student Perspectives 2014’

Perspective Gallery, 1310-1/2B Chicago Ave., Evanston

Gallery hours: noon-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through May 25/p> (224) 200-1155; perspectivegalllery.org

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