I am Kenn Bisio, owner of blueheART Studios in Evergreen, Colorado. My studio is the result of more than 40 years as a working photojournalist and my website is the result of fumbling with web–making applications for the past couple of years. I have settled with the web application,WordPress. It’s actually a blogging application you can use to design a website. It’s free and simple to use. Check out WordPress.
As a young boy, my family and I would travel from the San Francisco Bay Area to Merced, California to visit my Aunt Inez and Uncle Francis. Uncle Francis was a salesman for Sears and my aunt worked for Montgomery Ward. Every year, my uncle would take my aunt to the most exotic places in the world. To physically describe Uncle Francis – just put him in plaid and you had Elmer Fudd. Not sort of. Exactly. Uncle was a shutterbug. Along with my aunt he would travel the world with his post – war Argus 35mm camera loaded with Kodak Kodachrome film and return with the most beautiful color slides of peoples and their countries. I couldn’t wait for my aunt and uncle to return from one of their trips because we’d hop in the 1952 Chevy Woodywagon and head east to Merced for fun, food and photos. In the summer, Uncle would set up his Argus projector and silver screen on the patio in their massive backyard under the black walnut tree. After supper we would file out, plop in lawn chairs and settle in for an hour – long, narrated slideshow. That was 55 years ago but just recently I realized it was the slideshows that decided my life’s path as a visual communicator.
At 17 I bought my first camera. A 35mm Minolta SRT – 101. I was working at the Pacifica Tribune as a sports reporter while a student at Terra Nova high school where I excelled at track and recess. I was given rudimentary darkroom instructions by Lloyd Easterby, the Tribune’s darkroom tech and barnstorming pilot of a bi-wing plane. I went for a few rides with Esterby in his plane until I realized he flew mostly to rid himself of hangovers.
I just couldn’t get enough of photography learning. I read every photo magazine published during the late 60s. While paging through one of these magazines I came across an ad for a photography workshop in Yosemite by some guy named Ansel Adams. I attended my first Ansel Adams Photography Workshop in Yosemite with Adams in 1968. From that workshop, I had lifelong friendships with Adams, Morley Baer and Ruth Bernhard.
After more than 40 years as a photojournalist I offer summer photography workshops in Ireland and Italy. The Ireland workshop is for film photographers and the Italy Workshop is for film and digital photographers. Check out my website and see if you’d like to begin a life as a visual communicator who make images that move the heart and soul.
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