Intersections: St. Charles, Illinois
A black and white photo of an intersection. In the very center of the image is a pole and the top is not visible. There is road taking up the entire foreground and it stretches back into the distance on the left. There are corners of grass on either side with bushes and trees in the grass. On the left a driveway meets the road. There are shadows of power lines in the street.
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.