Intersections: Lombard, Illinois
A black and white photo of a sidewalk that goes into the distance in a neighborhood. On the left there large pine trees and further back there is a road that meets another on the right at an intersection that travels into the distance. There are power lines in the sky and a house on the very left partially out of frame.
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.