Silicon Valley, Part II

And now on to part II of my recent photos of Silicon Valley, this time with an eye toward the present and the future, as a piece of documentary photography.  I’m hoping to establish a bit of a narrative and maybe come away with some pointed questions.  Albeit, I admit I do not have the answers yet, but I’m a big believer that having the right question is at least half the battle, and that photography can be a great medium to pose those questions.

There are definitely some great things happening …

The Future
The Future

Like children going on field trips to the museum of technology, and maybe even being inspired to go be an engineer or invent something brilliant.

Revenge
Revenge

Or the very clear triumph of nerd culture – who would have thought even 20 years ago that you’d see THIS on a marquee?

Or the set-up for a whimsical Christmas set up in the local park.

Coordination
Coordination
Amusement for All Ages
Amusement for All Ages

And some cool public art!

Brought to You By
Brought to You By

But there are also some gray areas with all this change.

Sharing
Sharing

In a sharing economy, who actually owns anything?  And if capitalism centers around the concept of aquiring property, then who benefits from this?  Just the rich few who control access?

Or the fact that you have people making hundreds of thousands in salary, right next to the folks who make the day-to-day happen and make only a fraction of that?

Upkeep
Upkeep
Quiet Moment
Quiet Moment

Whence this chase for fortune?

Greed is Good
Greed is Good

Who is deemed worthy, and why, to be able to afford such?

Can You Afford It
Can You Afford It

And how far will people be willing to go to get a piece of the pie?

Do YOU Have One?
Do YOU Have One?

And maybe the most disturbing of all, what happens to everyone else?

Compassion
Compassion

I suppose the question is, as we move forward, how do we choose to do so, and how do we define what is “good” and what is not?  And thence do we go down the rabbit hole that is Plato’s Republic.

Happy shooting!

See more of my work at http://www.patricklcahalan.co.nf  and http://www.flickr.com/photos/patricklcahalan

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