Tangentially Parenthetical is an anti-thematic compilation of photographs from Ed Templeton’s vast back stock of street photography—curated, arranged, and then rearranged by the man himself. A slight jump-off from his most recent book of photos (Wayward Cognitions, 2014), Tangentially Parenthetical picks up where Templeton’s previous collection ended. By combining the intimate, the accidental, and the unconnected into one linear piece of work, he tells hundreds of new stories through the thoughtful arrangement of semi-related, yet completely unfastened imagery.
"I'm out there shooting photos all the time that don't necessarily fall under any theme other than general life," says Templeton, "which is a lame title for a book." With a wink to the absurd, sandwiched between a cover of patterned parentheses and with an afterword built from his own stream-of-consciousness storytelling, Templeton delivers a visual mountain from an archive of stunning molehills―the images are carefully chosen, shuffled by hand and laid out with the dueling impulses of wonder and wit.
Published by Um Yeah Arts, Davenport, California, 2018
Format: Hardcover, 8.25 x 11 inches / 160 pages / color and bw images throughout