Intersections: President St. and Hawthorne Blvd., Glen Ellyn, Illinois
A black and white photograph of a street. On the left there is a section of grass that has a fire hydrant next to a sidewalk and a small post on the far side of the sidewalk that says “Turner”. The right side of the image is a street that connects into a street that stretches horizontally across. In the background there are yards with trees and plants, and a partial house is visible on the right side beyond a fence.
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.