Intersections: Simms St., Aurora, Illinois
A black and white photo of the end of a sidewalk crossing with another end. On the right side of the sidewalk is a row of bushes in the grass. Beyond the sidewalk is a road and then beyond this, to the left is a row of trees and bushes and to the right are two houses, one behind the other and an unattached garage connected to a driveway of the house in front. There are power lines 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.