Road Near / In Milledgeville, Georgia
Medium:Silver Gelatin Print
A black and white photo of a road that takes up the entire life side of the image and then splits off and veers down to the right from an intersection. Behind the road on the right and lining the left is all grass and overgrown plants.
Douglas Gilbert’s Shadowlands collection was created in 1982 in Milledgeville, Georgia for the purpose of accompanying Harold Fickett’s book, “Flannery O’Connor: Images of Grace”, detailing the life of the American novelist, essayist and short story writer. In 1965, Gilbert had traveled through Georgia and Alabama on an assignment from LOOK magazine to capture elements of the civil rights movement, and this experience influenced his work later while working with Fickett. While he separates his emotion from projecting them onto Flannery O’Connor’s characters, he admits that he was capturing the intensity and menacing climate of the South at the time and interacting with it through his photography.