Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Tribute: Founding Editor of "Focus on Singh-Ray" Weir McBride has passed away...

It is with great sorrow that I share the news of the passing of my father, Weir McBride. A lifelong photographer and nature enthusiast, Weir was the Founding Editor of this blog, and has managed and edited over 600 feature-length stories since we launched the blog in 2006. He has also been an integral part of the Singh-Ray product development and photographer outreach team for nearly 20 years.

With very few stories on filters in mainstream photography publications, Weir's vision for this blog was to provide our readers with instructional, feature-length, magazine-quality articles from leading outdoor photographers who use Singh-Ray filters to help create their art. He always made every effort to keep the photographers and their images in the spotlight, while he worked behind the scenes helping the authors to tell their stories with clarity, structure, and insight. Many submitted pieces only required some light polishing, while others would be reworked and reshaped in co-operation with the author to tell the most compelling story while delivering valuable instruction alongside the beautiful images. As great editors do, he helped make the writing seem effortless, while remaining true to the voice of the author.

With the Focus on Singh-Ray blog, he has created one of the most extensive resources on the use of photographic filters to be found anywhere. Of course, it wouldn't be possible without the dozens of wonderfully talented photographers who have contributed stories and images over the years.

The word "contributed" is key, because from day one, Weir and Bob Singh agreed that for the stories and their implied endorsements to have integrity, our authors would all be actual users of our filters, and freely endorse our products, so you the reader can count on these stories to be genuine and true. We remain true to that principle.

Weir was a tall drink of water, and he liked to tell people who asked that he was "80 inches tall" just to see how many could do the math... many could not, and thought he was 8 feet tall! He was also frequently asked if he played basketball -- he did play some in high-school and college intramurals, but his favorite sport was baseball, where his gangly frame and wicked fastball confounded batters throughout northeast Ohio.

He attended Kent State University, graduating with a Journalism degree, and would frequently incorporate his own photos with stories. Most of his professional career centered on photojournalism, advertising, public relations, and marketing. He always enjoyed integrating writing, photography, design and illustration to bring projects to life. He was an excellent and patient teacher as well.


In his absence, we will do our best to continue bringing you helpful articles and inspiring images, and we hope you will continue to enjoy the Focus on Singh-Ray blog, and share it with your friends.

Weir's sudden passing has obviously been devastating for our family and friends. I know he will also be sorely missed by his extended Singh-Ray family, who meant a great deal to him and whose friendship, generosity, and inspiration made editing this blog a dream job for him. He had so much fun doing this (and everything else) that he never even talked of retirement. He loved life, and would often declare himself to be "the world's luckiest man." Those who knew him were the lucky ones.

Farewell to my great friend, beloved father, and lifelong mentor. -- Gary McBride

12 comments:

Marilyn M said...

May he rest in peace! I will hold him in my prayers.

Ernesto Santos said...

Gary,

It is with deep sorrow that I have learned of Weir's passing. Although I never met the 80" giant in person, his great presence, warm friendliness, and professionalism stood out in my many phone conversations with him. My most heartfelt condolences to you and the McBride family.

Ernesto Santos

Rick Walker said...

Weir was a wonderful person - extremely kind and considerate. He'll be missed.

Rick Walker said...

Weir was a wonderful person - extremely kind and considerate. He'll be missed.

Jon Cornforth said...

Farewelll, my friend. Thank you for your yer's of support.

Ruth Hardin said...

I was part of Weir's communication staff at Kettering Foundation 'way back when we were both a lot younger. I learned much about writing and developed photograhy skills under his guidance. I was shocked to read of his passing in today's newspaper. He was one of a kind. Best wishes to you as you carry on his blog. I know he will be looking over your shoulder! Blessings,
Ruth Hardin

Colin Southern said...

Like many, I'm shocked to hear this tragic news. I too never had the pleasure of meeting Weir face to face, but in the few conversations and many eMail exchanges we shared, it was obvious that he was a top bloke.

My sincere condolences to Gary and your extended family.

Jim Richardson said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Weir understood photographers and their needs. This blog was testament to that understanding and passion for photography.

Richard Thompson said...

Although I didn't know Weir personally, the quality of his character always shined in our correspondences. He will be missed.

Bill Harris said...

Gary, I am Carol's nephew. From my teen years through my 20s when I left Dayton, I spent a lot of time talking with your dad about photography. To say I learned a lot from him is a gross understatement. I have such great memories, and am grateful for our time together. I am so sorry for your loss.

Ricecooker168 said...

I would like to thank the family for his profound impact on my photographic endeavors. He has touched my artistic efforts.

Michael Lloyd said...

I'm very sorry to read of your father's passing. He was a wonderful person. Though I never met him I am very sad to read this. He was easy to talk to whether it was thru email or on the phone. He will be missed.