San José, California is the Capital of Silicon valley but it was once referred to as the Valley of the Hearts Delight. The later moniker speaks to the history of San José, which is that of an incredibly rich farming region. During the 1950s and ‘60s San José’s population grew nearly ten times in size, transforming farmland into high-tech firms.
Given San José’s contributions to inventing technologies that change culture, politics, and governments it is thought of as a place that invents the future. However, this area has very few markers of its young history. This series aims to capture this transitional period through architecture when San José underwent rapid urbanization.
To accentuate feelings of the past I use the frame of the film stocks. Advancements in digital photography are a direct repercussion of the technologies built in Silicon Valley. The image as a product was once captured in crystals and celluloid, now it primarily exists as representation of software code. The physicality of the film serves as a reminder of San José’s roots.