The land of Apple, Google, and facebook is also the land of the everyday ordinary. In fact that's the overwhelming sense the wandering visitor probably gets more than any other. Strip malls, asphalt, traffic cones, weeds, cars, fast food joints, parks and palms often make a stronger impression than the opaque goings on behind the inscrutable windows of famous companies. Anyone expecting to be amazed by obvious examples of futuristic technologies flashing all around might be rather surprised that the cities in 'the valley' look, for the most part, like rather ordinary American urban landscapes. Just setting out on foot you'll see the occasional hint of hi-tech, the high number of Tesla cars, the occasional flashy corporate campus but for the most part the impression is that of overwhelming ordinariness. What makes this place special isn't obvious on the surface though museums do try to make some of this accessible to the general public.
In fact it's this surprising ordinariness that becomes the real feeling one gets walking the streets and that's the sense I wanted to capture in this project. To do that I took an pretty low tech approach. Just walking around on foot, riding the trains and buses from place to place. the only tools I used were a simple, twelve year old, four megapixel point and shoot camera (yes 4!), and occasionally a dSLR when that's what I happened to have along with me, but for the majority of the images just the point and shoot.
These aren't the images many people expect when they hear the phrase "Silicon Valley' yet they are every bit a real, substantial part of what the valley is actually like, just as representative as the office parks that dot the land along the southern edge of San Francisco Bay. This place may be extraordinary in many ways, but its really quite ordinary as well.