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.
That is what happened to me a few years ago when I began to understand that my 25 years of exclusive commitment to large format photography was going to end. I was tired of the slow approach and I was ready for something more immediate. I needed to further shut down my logical side and give free rein to my instincts. So without much clarity and with much hesitation, I decided to throw myself into the streets of Los Angeles with an old Leica M2 and a 50 mm Summitar lens in my hands.