Ed Templeton is a skater and a photographer. But he’s not one of those “I have some celebrity therefore I think I can act/sing/rap/design/whatever too”, he’s actually very talented.
Here’s a very quick professional summary: Templeton began skating in the mid-’80s (along with friend Jason Lee), signed and went pro in 1990 and since founded Toy Machine skateboards, discovered his artistic skills and became co-edito of ANP Magazine. He paints, he designs and he takes pretty excellent photographs.
What we especially like about Templeton’s images is how candid they are. While many people attempt to shoot a ‘scene’ (whether it’s semi-mainstream or sub-culture) and it appears forced and inauthentic, Templeton’s photographs are entirely natural – raw, even.
His stance is oftentimes as a kind of accepted voyeur; he’s close enough to his subjects but maintains a certain distance. It’s an interesting balance that makes for interesting photos, despite the fact that many of his shots seem to be off-the-cuff.
One of our favourite series of Templeton’s is his Teenage Kissers. This collection of photographs is pretty self-explanatory: it’s portraits of teenage (and some tween) kids making out. It’s equal parts cute and gross. It’s a perfect depiction of teen romance – curiosity, infatuation, desperation to grow up, and getting in over your head.
The photos are a awkward and wonderful and will remind you how tricky being an adolescent was – and how glad you are it’s over.
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