Vincent J. Stoker is a young photographer and the winner of our contest « Photography and its Purpose ». In 2011, he will exhibit his series entitled “Heterotopia” at the Alain Gutharc Gallery, in Paris. That work on ruins is surrounded by a true graphic and intellectual coherence coming at a time when architectural photography is fashionable. What shall probably make all the difference to his artistic career is the quality of his proposal coupled with an incredible energy.
Before Heterotopia, what path led you to photography?
It’s the story of my life, really. I started photographing quite late but always carried a camera around on me. My concerns were initially quite different. I used my camera to memorise details, situations, everything that evoked an idea. Photography has never been an end in itself for me, I started by using it simply as a notebook.
After my studies, I travelled and took a lot of photos without really having a photographic awareness. When I returned to France I felt seriously bored. I discovered, a little by chance, an abandoned derelict industrial site. The Darblay paper factory at Corbeille Essonne. In it I found a kind of exotic setting that reminded me of my travels, a strangeness and a kind of « wonder » : the place plucked me out of the sedate day-to-day boredom that I was subject to at the time.
Photographically, was not always great. I was almost hysterical, entranced, I hallucinated totally on everything. I would fire away at the slightest nail, the tiniest screw. I would ponder on doors, windows … everything was worth recording! In short, I emptied batteries to fill memory files. I transformed electric current into pixels. I suffered from a kind of acute photographic bulimia.
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