American Wilderness: Glendale Heights, Illinois, No.2
A black and white photo of a gravel path that has a plant growing in the middle of it that has no leaves at all. There are more of these plants on the right side of the image along the edge of the gravel path. There are buildings at the top of the image and a truck alongside the building that is on the right. There are trees in the distance and telephone poles.
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.