Intersections: West Chicago, Illinois
A black and white photo of an intersection. In the center of an image is the sidewalk going into the distance. There is a horizontal road cutting the sidewalk in half and connecting with the road on the left that goes into the distance. On either side of the sidewalk there are trees and bushes without leaves.
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.