Florian and Jessica, from Germany, decided to get married whilst they were travelling through the region. Having been together for 12 years a wedding was on the cards however, none of their family or friends back home in Germany knew of their plans, and the only guests at the wedding were an American couple that had looked after Jessica when she studied in America 13 years previously. They planned to send a photo to their friends with the caption: 'a picture says a thousand words'. Posing the simple question to their subjects: 'What does Las Vegas mean to you?' photographers Adam Patterson and Greg Funnell collaborated on a project that sought to discover if the American Dream was still a plausible notion. They choose Las Vegas as their microcosm as there they found the extremes of western capitalism. It is a 24 hour city that sees 150,000 people pass through its airport every day on their way to sample its proffered pleasures: gaming, entertainment and hospitality. However, in contrast to its bright lights there exists a shadow city that is the ninth most dangerous in America (31st largest by population) and has had the country's highest unemployment rates since 2008. With this in mind the two photographers asked: 'Does America still dare to hope?'