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  • Amelia Gish enjoys overlapping digital sketches and pictures to make them resemble something from a kid’s imagination.
    Amelia Gish enjoys overlapping digital sketches and pictures to make them resemble something from a kid’s imagination.
  • A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
    A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
  • A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
    A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
  • A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.
    A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, Amelia Gish’s work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October.

Mountain Road Library Features Student’s Fairy-Tale Artwork

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October 19, 2017

Amelia Gish grew up reading and watching fairy tales, bonding at an early age with characters from “Aladdin,” “Cinderella” and “The Little Mermaid.”

Now a senior at Old Mill High School, the aspiring artist is bringing her childhood favorites back to life. A collaborative mix of photography and digital drawings, her work will hang at Mountain Road Library during October as part of the branch’s Artist of the Month series.

“When you were a kid and would imagine things, play pretend with your friends and it was [actually] real to you when you pictured something as something else,” Gish said, summarizing how she was introduced to the realm of fantasy.

Gish created some of the images in an AP Photo class during her junior year of high school. “I wanted to do something interesting,” Gish said. “Why not do digital drawings or sketches over pictures to make them more like what a kid would imagine?”

According to Gish, too many portraits and landscape-type pieces had been used previously. Instead, her unique collection of 12 photos includes sketches of Aladdin, Cinderella, Robin Hood and Snow White.

To help attract a younger audience, Gish describes her sketches on the photos as a doodle.

“We do a lot of programming for young children in our meeting room, where her art is displayed, so they can see her photographs and guess the fairy tale that is portrayed,” said Sandy Murphy, a library associate at Mountain Road Library.

Gish’s favorite fairy tale is “The Little Mermaid.” Her portrayal of the story is done through a photo of young girl sitting on the beach, staring out at the ocean. That girl has a mermaid tail sketched over her lower body and a flower in her hair, reminiscent of the beloved Disney character.

“Photography is the one thing that I really feel like I’m good at,” Gish said. “I really, really enjoy it. It is a driving force in my motivation for things.”

After high school, Gish plans to major in photography at college, while minoring in business or graphic design. “It was an easy decision for what I want to do for the rest of my life,” Gish said.

When she’s not at school, Gish works at a local consignment shop as part of a photography internship. She also is heavily involved with a reading camp hosted by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Glen Burnie. There, she assists in fundraising and collecting resources to ensure that the camp is tuition-free for students.

To see Gish’s work, visit the Mountain Road Library at 4730 Mountain Road in Pasadena.


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