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Glen Ellyn Photographer Shares Vision of Chicago in One-Day Pop-Up Show

Erik Peterson will have an exhibition of his works in the Willis Tower next month, but before then his photographs will be shown in a special event Saturday in Glen Ellyn.

Erik R. Peterson started taking photos as a kid, snapping photos on family vacations. Then, while in college he entered his first photo contest. For years now he’s been pursuing his photography passion.

Next Month, Peterson’s photographs, Scenes of the Chicago River, will be on display in the Metropolitan Club at the Willis Tower in Chicago. But, before that showing begins, Glen Ellyn residents may enjoy his works during a special one-day Pop-Up Gallery Preview being held Saturday in the empty storefront next to Costello Jewelers in Downtown Glen Ellyn. 

The show includes images taken from the water taxi, daily walks along the river’s edge along Wacker Drive and from Peterson’s office on Michigan Avenue. 

“My passion of photography revolves around my curiosity that exists in the inner beauty of everyday life,” Peterson said. “That could be natural elements, landscapes, architecture, and people. There are several themes found in the Scenes of Chicago River collection that I particularly like: reflections; textures; people lifestyle (homelessness, street performer; shopper in the rain); bridges; Wrigley building; and classic views of the Chicago river and architecture.”

Over the years Peterson’s images have been displayed throughout Glen Ellyn, with a special exhibition at the former Bell’s and Whistles Eatery, Cab’s Wine Bar Bistro, Renaissance Art Studio, Glen Ellyn Bike Shop and the Village of Glen Ellyn boardroom, he said. 

“Ansel Adams once said that the most stunning photos usually evolve from being at the right place at the right time, and having the right light,” Peterson said. “I totally agree with his perspective on what makes a great photograph.” 

Erik R. Peterson’s Pop-Up Gallery Preview will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the empty storefront next to Costello Jewelry. His exhibition will be at the Metropolitan Club in the Willis Tower from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012. For more information about the exhibition or specific images, visit www.ERPphotos.com

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