American Wilderness: Grand Rapids, Michigan No.1
A black and white photo of plants growing between cement on the bottom left side of the image and a fence going across the image above this. The plants are overgrown and spilling out onto the cement and through the fence. Beyond the fence in the distance there is a lamp post and a tree.
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.