Alex Darocy Photography

LBAM You're Dead




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LBAM You're Dead (2007-2008)

The LBAM Controversy in California

In the summer of 2007 the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) announced that there was an agricultural emergency in the state of California and that they would be responding immediately to it by spraying large residential areas aerially in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties with an untested, possibly toxic, chemical pesticide. Recently, large numbers of the Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) were found in many Northern California counties, and these insects are considered internationally to be a pest that can damage agricultural crops. In New Zealand and Australia aerial spraying is conducted on a small scale in lowly populated rural areas, but the CDFA decided quickly here to spray large residential areas, and with very little accommodations made to the people who could possibly be affected, such as the chemically sensitive, asthmatics, or homeless people who live exposed to the elements 24 hours a day. The CDFA warned members of the community to keep their pets in at night, when the spraying was to occur, but the notice they gave people before the actual spraying was by email, and last minute, and showed no regard for the communities safety or comfort. A large portion of Santa Cruz County was sprayed on November 8 and 9, 2007, and portions of Monterey County were sprayed then as well as shortly before that. The spraying is planned to continue when the weather becomes warmer, in February or March of 2008, unless environmental groups can at least get the government to complete an environmental impact report, which was bypassed when the state declared the situation an emergency. The spraying is also planned to begin soon in Santa Clara County, Marin, and much of the San Francisco Bay Area, which will greatly increase the amount of people affected by it.

This photo series, LBAM YOU'RE DEAD, represents the way Alex sees those in power as behaving. He sees politicians as possessing a violence that dominates their decision making process, which directly harms whole segments of the public and adds to general societal corruption. He found shopping for the project easy because, as usual, the retail world was so densely packed with both decorative objects of shallow external beauty and toys that perfectly represented human corruption. His stroll through the local toy stores was a march through endless scenes of war and agitation, and he found a variety of toxic themed toy sets involving common human situations. The bombardment of consumers with this type of imagery closely resembles the way our corporate controlled government operates.

If you would like to learn more (and there is so much to learn about this) you can go to the following websites:



*The information on how and where the spraying will next be occur will not be updated on this site, please consult one of the above links.