Workshop offered at Kingdom Come State Park

Presenter is driving force behind ‘Humans of Central Appalachia’

Special to the Enterprise

Renowned photographer and Harlan County native, Malcolm J. Wilson, will present, “Understanding the Basics: The Creative Side of Digital Photography” at Kingdom Come State Park in Cumberland.

The workshop will be held on Oct. 22 beginning at 8 a.m. 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. The class will end with a participant critique to be held in the cave amphitheater at the base of Raven’s Rock.

“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 work around difficult lighting and enhance existing light to capture more vibrant photographs,” he explained.

Additionally, Wilson will teach workshop attendees about the geometry behind effective photo composition.

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

With a photographic career spanning over four decades, for over 25 years Wilson was in the vanguard in the realm of digital photography. Before moving back to eastern Kentucky, he worked as a commercial photographer in Bristol, Tennessee and Cincinnati, Ohio. He currently uses his unparalleled photography skills in advertising and marketing work and for his personal fine arts projects. His Appalachian photo essays can be found in news publications throughout eastern Kentucky including the Letcher News Press and the Troublesome Creek Times.

Wilson is also the driving force behind the Facebook social media project, Humans of Central Appalachia. Inspired by Humans of New York, Humans of Central Appalachia began in June 2015 as a photography/oral history project. On the Facebook page, you will find over 300 feature-length stories of Appalachian folks along with accompanying photographs. Here is the page:

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.

Wilson’s photography portfolio can be viewed at:

The cost for the day-long workshop is $49. Students can register by calling 606-589-2478 or 606-589-4138.

Presenter is driving force behind ‘Humans of Central Appalachia’

Special to the Enterprise

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