A welcome addition to the multicultural architectural landscape of Silicon Valley is the Gurdwara in the hills of East San Jose. Looking at the Gurdwara, it’s not not hard to imagine that you are in South Asia somewhere. Then if you turn 180 degrees you are looking down at Silicon Valley.
Once again I’ve been playing around with the B&W ND1000 Neutral density filter for some of the photos. That allows me to take long exposures during broad daylight. That can be a cool effect when there are clouds in the sky like on this day, as the building obviously doesn’t move in 20-30 seconds but the clouds “smear” in that time.
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In suburban East San Jose growing up I witnessed a temple being built. It really stood out, as the surrounding neighborhoods were so typically middle American despite the strong Asian presence. Back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s it was just strip malls surrounded by never ending rows of stucco houses. Not that the Pau Hau temple set much of an example. Most of the neighborhood still looks middle American suburban. But I think everybody can acknowledge that multicultural architecture has added a bit of life to the area.