Intersections: Wyandotte, Michigan

Artwork
Medium:
Photographic Print
Date:
1976
Dimensions:
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
Description:
A black and white photo of a street in a neighborhood. There is a sidewalk in the left foreground of the photo with a fire hydrant beside it. There is also a thin layer of snow covering the ground. On the other side of the sidewalk are two bushes and the corner of a house. On the right side of the photo is a street going off into the distance and there are houses on the right side lining it with chain link fences, leafless trees and power lines in the sky.
Historical Context:
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.