Intersections: Wheaton, Illinois
Note: Above dimensions are for the mat. Photograph dimensions are 8"h x 10"w.
A black and white photograph of an intersection, and one leg of street goes off into the distance on the left, and another takes up the foreground of the right of the photo. On the grass between these two is sidewalk that lines both ends of road, and a row of houses on the sidewalk. There is a power line standing that is somewhat the focal point of the photo.
In the later years of his photography career, Douglas Gilbert found himself teaching at Wheaton College in Illinois between the years 1972 and 1982. During this time, he was exploring Chicago’s Western suburbs and in 1978 he released a collection of street intersections taken on a 35mm camera. These locations are overall mundane and insignificant, merely being no more than lines on a developers plan, but Gilbert shows contrast of materials and space in black and white to create something original out of ordinary.