Nov 062012

Editor Announcement

Ed Winters


A few months ago a reader

of the website contacted me

and offered to tidy up the 

mistakes and typos.  He has done 

a fantastic job and I would like

to share the results with you. 

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s editor Maxwell Perkins.

The Importance of an Editor

As most of you know, I run this website part time.  Between shooting, teaching, and time in the studio working on sculptures or drawings, articles tend to go up with typos.  I wish there was time enough to do it all perfectly, but there are only so many hours in a week.  Perfectionist tendencies need to be overcome because otherwise nothing would get published.  I appreciate the patience from everyone as we hop, skip, and jump through lessons in design, photography and art history.  My guess is that many of your would rather read through a few typos, than wait for everything to be perfectly edited.  So here we are doing a little retro edits to the site.

Proof reading your own work can be a challenge.  If you are like me, by the time an article is done, my eyes pass over the ideas and can’t see the mistakes.  So I am very pleased to introduce you all to Ed Winters. He has worked with the Canadian National Research Council and the Archeology Department at the Manitoba Museum and has even co-authored a few books with them.  He proposed the idea of revising the website.

Ed started at the very beginning of the site and is working his way to the present.  As he completes the edits, I will re-post them for you to read.  This will coincide with a new table of contents page for the site to make navigating older articles much easier.  Blogs, for better or worse, do not have the best systems for archiving.  Diving back into previous entries is a little tedious, so this will offer everyone a simple way to catch up on earlier articles and thoughts that led the site to its current state.

It doesn’t matter how hard you are on yourself, everyone needs an editor, even Papa Hemingway. Ernest Hemingway © Josef Karsh

E D I T O R S 

Love’em or Hate’em, We need’em  

We all need editors.  Whether its your partner, a friend, or a professional…an outside perspective is critical to your creative development.  There is a very interesting book of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and his editor.  You can read some of his text before the edits and afterwards.  The difference is striking.  For all of Fitzgerald’s genius as a writer, the worked benefitted from an editor who understood his intentions and could refine the words down to their essential meanings.

Half of the battle in editing is eliminating all of the ideas or images that clutter the main thrust of the work.  As artists we can’t be blamed for the impulse to include everything.  The ideas swirl in our minds all day long.  They keep us up at night and distract us from many of the normal functions that people repeat on a daily basis.  One of the big challenges of being an artist is balancing time in your head with time in the real world.

Back in the real world, here are the first round of edits for you to browse.  If you did not have a chance to read them the first time around, please leave comments because I see everything.  Its great to have your feedback and know what you think about each piece.  Thanks again to Ed for making the text much more enjoyable experience, even for myself.

Yasuhira Hirakawa of Sasuke Smith, Sakai Japan. Leica Monochrom & 35mm f/1.4. © Adam Marelli

NOTE:  If you read the article below called “Old World Masters”  you will recognize Yasuhiro Hirakawa in the images.  I recently photographed him again while shooting “Master Craftsmen: An Endangered Species” in Japan.  We had briefly met three years earlier and just a few months ago his assistant asked if I could come shoot their workshop in Japan. It was perfect timing, because I was on my way to Sakai.  Its incredible how things workout sometimes.

  1. Setting Our Differences Aside
  2. Leica Lens Review: 50mm Summicron
  3. Film is not Dead: My most overdue article ever…
  4. A Bag, a Strap and a Tripod
  5. How to Photograph Strangers
  6. Leica Lens Review: 28mm f/2.0 Summicron
  7. Off to India
  8. Back in Town
  9. Photographer & Adventurer Interview: Jeff Johnson
  10. Keep Applying
  11. PDN Photo Expo 2010
  12. A Ticket, a Passport, and a Carry On
  13. Perspectives: Gregory Crewdson, Shades of Gray
  14. India: Part 1
  15. India: Part 2
  16. Old World Masters: Knife Makers at Korin
  17. Lost Luggage: The Mexican Suitcase
  18. Leica Lens Review: 90mm f/2.0 Summicron (pre-asph)
  19. From Block to Lens


  7 Responses to “Editor Announcement”

  1. “Ed started at the very beginning of the site and is working his way to the preset.” – How long until he gets to this one? ;-)

  2. Hi Rob,

    He should be here shortly, but I might tap you in the mean time. : )


  3. Ok so here is an idea I’ve been kicking around for a while and meaning to share with you but thought there was little point seeing how busy you are Adam. Compile all your composition articles into one cohesive work and market this either as an download or as a Blurb book that we can order. How do I know this would be worthwhile? It’s what I’ve done with your articles for myself. I ‘print’ each one to PDF and load them into the Adam Marelli bookcase on my iPad. They would be more valuable of properly edited into one cohesive collection and I’ll give you your first order now!

  4. Darell,

    I have thought the same. My question, though, would be about acquiring the rights to print others’ photos in such a form :( … (e.g., the works of HCB).


  5. lol… nice one Rob…

    Hey Adam, thanks for the shout out. In my world the editor is one of those, like a web designer or coder, whose job is to toil in the background and be seen but never heard. So this was a nice surprise!

    I am no grammar psycho, but I think we all appreciate the effort that you put into your articles, and we want them to look their best. I have have gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from your thoughts, and my little bit of editing was the only way I could see to give something back. Thanks for the opportunity to help out!


  6. “My guess is that many of your would rather read through a few typos”

    Funny ;-)

  7. La combinación debe usarse con precaución.

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