American Wilderness: Aurora, Illinois No.2
A black and white photo of a garden area filled with plants and trees outside of a house, which is on the upper right hand of the photo. Outside the house is a path that goes along the garden area, which is on the left.
This collection, American Wilderness, captures the strange reality of industrialized areas and road systems—the combative relationship between nature and human created structures. While this idea isn’t unique to Gilbert, his approach to capturing details of shadow created by a flower head or crack in a cement sidewalk brings an intimate charm to mundane subjects. He focuses on the areas that are common and taken for granted, like the sides of highways, forests at the edges of suburban backyards, or fallen trees in the dead of winter, and creates something out of the mundane landscape of the American citizen’s day-to-day experience.