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So why bother photographing a data center anyway? “It’s very difficult to pay attention to and critique stuff that is invisible or hidden behind many layers of abstraction," he says. "Data centers are incredibly important yet invisible places, they demand more critical reflection and attention.”
We know the internet as a 2-D screen, but in reality, the web is an immensely physical thing. The cloud isn’t an ephemeral, immaterial place where our pictures just happen to hang out, but rather a series of massive servers, wires and equipment tucked away in high-security buildings. It takes a lot of stuff—power and space—to make sure things run smoothly.