Interview: Ed Templeton’s Wayward Cognitions | American Photo

Interview: Ed Templeton’s Wayward Cognitions

Ed Templeton has spent the last twenty years documenting youth culture from the streets. A former professional skateboarder, Ed’s interest in photography and art was driven, in part, by the founding of his company Toy Machine. This year, Templeton released Wayward Cognitions (Um Yeah Arts). Here, Templeton talks about diving into his immense archives for the new book and the things that catch his eye on his daily photo missions. 

Self Portraits Examine the Disparity Between We Are When We Wake Up and The Person We Present to the World – Feature Shoot

Self Portraits Examine the Disparity Between We Are When We Wake Up and The Person We Present to the World

Mel Keiser’s Becoming Mel is a series of paired self-portraits—one taken immediately upon waking, the other after she’s put herself together for the day—repeated each day for a month. The series resembles a before-and-after beauty feature, but Keiser, a brainy Chicago photographer and artist, has more on her mind than lip gloss and hair style. Her work asks you to look at the gap between sleep-blurred Mel and bright-eyed Mel and rethink what you know about identity and the self.