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Hindman Settlement School to Offer Photography Workshop

Hindman Settlement School

Renowned photographer and Harlan County, Kentucky native, Malcolm J. Wilson, will present “Light and Composition: The Creative Side of Digital Photography” at Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky.

The workshop will be held October 22-26, and will feature fieldwork designed to compensate for a variety of lighting scenarios photographers frequently encounter, as well as dynamic composition techniques that take photographs from ordinary, to artistic.

While a standalone workshop, “Light and Composition: The Creative Side of Digital Photography” builds upon the other highly successful photography courses Wilson has offered at the settlement school for a number of years.

“I have a passion for both photography and teaching,” said Wilson.

“I strive to impart new knowledge in each workshop I conduct, and this one will be no different. Participants will explore the limitless bounds of lighting as a creative source, learn how to workaround difficult lighting and enhance existing light to capture more vibrant scenes and flattering portraits,” Wilson explained.

Additionally, Wilson will teach workshop attendees about the geometry behind effect photocomposition.

“A photographer is responsible for everything in a photo, from top to bottom, corner to corner and side to side. The difference between a good photograph, and a great photograph is often a matter of inches,” Wilson added.

With a photographic career spanning over four decades, for the past 25 years Wilson was in the vanguard in the realm of digital photography. Before moving to Bristol, Tennessee several years ago, he worked as a commercial photographer in Cincinnati for 19 years. He currently uses his unparalleled photography skills in advertising and marketing work and for his personal fine arts projects.

Wilson’s photography has been exhibited in both the Appalachian region and nationally, and his work is included in permanent collections at the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, Southeast Community College Appalachian Archives and The Kennedy Center.

The cost for the workshop is $350 and includes tuition, materials and meals. Lodging is available for an additional cost. For additional information on the “Light and Composition: The Creative Side of Digital Photography” workshop, visit online at: http://www.hindmansettlement.org/events/photography-workshop

Hindman Settlement School was the first and most successful rural social settlement school in America. Established in 1902 by May Stone and Katherine Pettit in Hindman, Kentucky, the school soon became a model center for education, health care and social services.

Earning praise as “the best school in the mountains,” the Settlement School not only transformed the community of Hindman, it contributed significantly to regional progress. The school has played a vital role in preserving and promoting the literary and cultural heritage of southeastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia.

The Settlement School’s mission is to provide education and service opportunities for people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage. While the mission has remained the same, the Settlement’s programs have changed over time to meet the changing needs of the region.

The Settlement’s major work today includes education and service programs that address critical needs of the region’s youth and adults, promote cultural awareness and build upon Appalachia’s rich cultural heritage.

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