Harlan Levey, the founder of the No New Enemies network and Harlan Levey Projects, and creative director of Modart, has been asked to curate a selection of photographers for Bite! Magazine. The second photographer on Bite! is Vincent Skoglund and his Waste Management series.
“One of Sweden’s most respected photographers, Vincent’s remarkable depictions of the then emerging snowboard scene, set his name on the world map in the early 90’s. Since then he has received numerous honors, been featured in galleries and art fairs, while professionally covering various areas of fashion, action sports, music and art.
“Regardless of the subject matter or nature of the work, there is a strong recognizable style: photographer as narrator and not simply silent observer. This is the case, whether the image was taken on location or in the studio; whether he was occupied with a massive landscape or a minute still life.” (Harlan Levey)
Vincent Skoglund about his Waste Management series: “To me, the dump is intriguing. It’s one of the most interesting places I have been to. Garbage inspires me. The randomness is so vast. Colors and materials are in different states of decay, coming together, to be piled into a new context. I rather spend any Saturday walking around a dump, than in a big shopping mall. New stuff bores me, I prefer things to be used or broken. I like it how a product’s life ends, it makes me wonder about what happened along the way. Why did this particular thing get thrown away? What is the history of all these things in decay? Every human is involved in making waste. An endless stream of products is made from nature, used briefly and inevitably gets shredded, buried, burned, or made into new raw materials. I let them live a little bit longer by rearranging bits and pieces. It smells. It’s noisy. It’s dusty. It’s in decay. It’s alive. It’s dangerous. It’s fantastic!”