One could say that photography requires a contemplative mood, whereas skateboarding requires a more furious, aerial mindset. But both require the curiosity and the imagination to bring life out of everyday objects and situations. For Todd Jordan, photography and skateboarding definitely complement each other. Aaron Wynia shot the man who skates and snaps all over the world.
What do you do most these days: skate or take pictures?
Mostly just talking about doing either one of the two. Really though I often find myself taking pictures more than riding a skateboard. Gone are the days when I was able to skate around the city all day long, end up at a bar all night, sleep, wake up, repeat.
Do these different activities (photo and skate) require different moods?
No, I don't think so. I wouldn't even say different energy levels either. I used to think I combined the two fairly well as I was traveling a lot as a skateboarder and sort of just shooting the whole way through. Now, from that, I have thousands of disorganized negatives, no dark room to print them in, and no place to store them. It's been raining the past two days straight so I apologize if it seems I'm off to a negative start.
Let's talk skateboard. Who is you favorite skateboarder?
I couldn't possibly narrow it down to just one, but in no particular order I would say myself, all the bad ass "cherry" kids (Sage, Sean, Aidan, Ben), Gino of course. Shit, I guess the entire Fucking Awesome team. Style still matters most to me.
What's the trick you are (or were) dreaming of perfecting for a very long time?
Have you fallen way too many times or do you feel blessed you haven't?
I've fallen far too many times. I always sucked at falling too. Unlike most things in life, with falling, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it. It's something I could never really get dialed. I used to just eat shit. A lot.
You're also a photographer. Are you having any shows soon or working on any interesting projects?
I've got some stuff I'm working on that I cannot talk about. But I am excited about it! Fun stuff. But I have started a small creative studio with a friend that is called Land-See where we work to conceptualize and create photo and video content along with some brand space projects. We've been going for a little over a year now and it's been a busy summer to say the least. Also I work on little curatorial project called The Heavy Mental and a coinciding publishing label called HeavyTime. With that we're currently working on future exhibitions in Los Angeles and Berlin and we've got two new books in the works that I cannot name right now.
Whats with all the secrets? Do you have any other talents we don't know about?
Certainly not interviews. I'm pretty good at rolling my cat's plastic ball around the apartment. And I recently learned to mow a lawn. Is that lame?