HINDMAN — Malcolm J. Wilson, digital artist/photographer and Harlan County native, will lead a basic digital photography workshop on Oct, 23 through 27 at Hindman Settlement School. The workshop will focus on photocomposition, lighting, camera settings, and preparation of photos and files for printing, archival display and email.
Students will capture the splendor of Appalachia during portrait, landscape and documentary sessions. Drawing inspiration from the historic Settlement School campus and region, students will have the opportunity to capture Appalachia in the autumn, using the settlement school, the City of Hindman and other local attractions as backdrops. Workshop students’ fieldwork will include visits to local Hindman businesses, parks, scenic vistas and the settlement school campus.
For nearly 25 years, instructor Malcolm Wilson has worked with digital photography. Before moving to Bristol, Tennessee 14 years ago, he worked as a commercial photographer in Cincinnati for 18 years. He currently uses his digital photography skills in advertising and marketing work and for his personal fine arts projects.
“With the explosive growth in popularity of digital cameras in the last few years, so many people now have access to the convenience and ease of digital photography,” says Wilson. “However, the full potential of a digital camera rarely gets explored, and there is so much more to creating memorable photographs than just utilizing the auto setting,” says Wilson. “There is a constant craving by students of the digital camera to unleash its full creative potential. That is the precise goal of this workshop.”
Workshop check-in begins at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, October 23, and the workshop will begin at 7:30 pm with a course introduction and meet and greet. Class time and fieldwork will make up the sessions on Thursday through Saturday. Saturday night, October 26, students will exhibit their work “Hindman Heritage, A Visual Diary,” in a gallery show at the Kentucky School of Craft. The gallery show and reception is open to the public.
The workshop will conclude on Sunday, October 27th at noon. The cost is $350, which covers tuition, meals and print exhibition materials. Cottage-style housing is available on campus for a cost of $35/night.
Participants should bring their own digital camera and equipment. A non-refundable deposit of $200 will be applied to the cost of the workshop at the time of registration.
Space is limited. The workshop will be restricted to the first fourteen registrants. For more information or to register for classes, call 606.785.5475 or email Info@HindmanSettlement.org. Registration forms and a more detailed workshop schedule are available online at www.HindmanSettlement.org.
A native of Cumberland, Kentucky, Wilson now resides in Bristol, Tennessee where he is owner and manager of Pix and PR, an advertising/commercial photography firm. With a background in photojournalism and commercial photography, Wilson has been working with digital imagery since the late 1980’s. Majoring in Fine Art, he has exhibited both regionally and nationally for over 30 years, and his work is included in numerous permanent collections including the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center, Southeast Community College Appalachian Archives, The Kennedy Center Gallery and Archives and the Julia Louis Dreyfuss Collection.
Established in 1902, Hindman Settlement School was the first rural settlement school in America. The Settlement School’s mission is “to provide education and service opportunities for people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage.” 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.