Intersections: Wheaton, Illinois
Note: Above dimensions are for the mat. Photograph dimensions are 8"h x 10"w.
A black and white photo of an intersection in a suburban neighborhood. The foreground is taken up by a road going horizontal, and another leg stretches into the distance from the center of the photo. On the left we see a row of houses all following this road. On the right there is a sidewalk but we don’t see the houses that are off of it.
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.