The assemblages produced within the scenes of Alex Darocy's photographs are the result of the combination of pre-planned narrative building and spontaneous physical play. Many wood carvers liken their process to pulling images out of, and in concert with, the grain of the wood with which they are working. Alex considers the process of producing assemblages of found objects, and then finding obscure photographic views and unusual perspectives to capture, in a similar light.
This removes a great deal of authorship from Alex's hand. He usually begins with a pre-planned theme as a starting point for projects, but he does not create meaning, rather, he prefers to present the viewer with sets of inter-related, culturally formed visual texts that focus on the features imbued on the objects through the lengthy social and physical process of their production.
Protests, Street Photography, and Independent Media
Since 2010, Alex has been documenting protests and social movements in Santa Cruz and Northern California, and he has been actively involved in Independent Media as an editor and reporter at Indybay.org, which is an all-volunteer non-profit news collective in Northern California.
From 2007-2011, Alex worked on a fine-art street photography project, and produced the body of work titled Passing Windows.
Alex Darocy is based in the Bay Area near Santa Cruz, where he has lived since he was three. He has been taking pictures since he was ten years old, when he taught himself the fundamentals of 35mm film photography with the help of a book he found at a local used shop. His medium of choice is color film photography, but he rabidly shoots digital as well. His favorite subjects to shoot are toys and other objects of mass production, and he has also been working on a long-term street photography project.
Alex received a B.A. in History of Art and Visual Culture from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
For a list of Alex's past exhibitions, and his resume, click: here