Intersections: Lombard, Illinois
A black and white photo of an intersection. Road comes from the right and meets road on the left that is traveling into the distance. On the right there is a building with flags outside of it. On the left there is grass with plants and trees around a fence. There are power line poles and wires all around in the sky.
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.