Intersections: Naperville, Illinois
A black and white photo of a street intersection in a suburban neighborhood. The foreground on the left shows the end of a driveway and on the right is leafless trees and bushes. Beyond this is the curve of a road that goes off in either direction. On the corner across the street is a grass yard with several trees, there is a line of houses that follow the road to the right and a line of houses that follow the road to the left down into the distance.
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.