[ HOUSE KEEPING ]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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