In 1994, at the zenith of his career as a professional skateboarder, Ed Templeton realised his luck. He also saw anew the curious world that surrounded him, filled with larger-than-life characters and odd situations. Influenced by the work of Nan Goldin and Larry Clark, he decided to step into photography.
To say the move has been fruitful would be an understatement: he has since created around 50 photoessays and publications, including the Search For Art Prize-winning Teenage Smokers (2000). In 2008, he appeared in the documentary Beautiful Losers, about young DIY artists.
His new project Lick is a 100-page zine released by Cafe Royal Books. It gathers shots from around the world of people licking, largely food but also guitars, fingers and blood. It draws on Templeton's skill for capturing impromptu street life, a talent he refined through fast-paced urban skating.
Though it breaks the old adage that one should never shoot anyone eating, Lick shows Templeton's powers of observation in good health.