The University of Kentucky sponsored a contest intended to counter the negative stereotype through images showing the other side of Appalachian life. They found a winner.
“Photographer Michele Coleman contrasted a rugged Appalachian hillside with the refined skills of a cello-playing teenager, offering a fresh perspective of a region accustomed to being portrayed through gritty images of squalor.
Her photo took top prize in a contest sponsored by the University of Kentucky's Appalachian Center. It shows a high school senior from Marietta, Ohio, with her arms draped around the classical music instrument while perched on the hillside.
‘You could see a talented young individual,’ said Coleman, a professional photographer from Parkersburg, W.Va.
The West Virginia native said she tires of seeing old photos reinforcing stereotypes of Appalachia, and hopes she did her part to show there's a much different side to the 205,000-square-mile region.”
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