Intersections: Naperville, Illinois

Photographic Print
December 1976
Artworks - Height: 11" Width: 14"
A black and white photo of an intersection. There is a road stretching across the front of the picture and in the background a road stretches off into the distance where there are suburban houses around it and scattered on the horizon. There is a thin layer of snow in the grass around the road.
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.