Intersections: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
A black and white photo of a street. On the left in the foreground is a sidewalk that has grass overgrowing between all the cracks. There then is a newly paved road, but the new asphalt stops at the intersection, which is to the right side of the image. On the left in the distance are two houses and the sidewalk continues. On the right there are trees lining the cross road and the back of a stop sign.
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.