At the end of 2008 I started a project called the “Jack” series. In the beginning it was an effort to document my father in his day-to-day routine. This seemed only natural considering coming off of three years as a Photojournalist for the San Diego Union-Tribune. When I began reviewing the images, I became depressed. It seemed like everything I shot depicted a lonely, old man. At that same time, I started taking classes toward my Master of Fine Art degree. Studying photographers like Guy Bourdin & Helmut Newton revved up the quirky side of my brain. Coincidentally, I noticed the imagery of my father started to naturally become more humorous. The picture of my father and the flaming BBQ changed the direction of my career path. I no longer wanted to document my dad. Instead, I wanted to create a series of photos illustrating my interpretation of him. The “Jack” series epitomizes my father’s personality (he passed away in March 2012). Each image is based on situations that I experienced while growing up at his house. The old man modeling in the pictures is my father. The series was shot at his home in Huntington Beach, California.
Chatty Cathy, retired restaurant workhorse, a decent midfield soccer player; people have called me many things. Those who know me best agree that I'm a man with a vision. My career thus far has yielded many experiences, from wearing a press pass as a photojournalist, to shooting seasonal campaigns for clothing companies. The Academy of Art University awarded me a Master of Fine Art in Photography. Usually I am found filtering my daily activities through a present-moment window, blending enthusiasm with creativity to churn out intelligent imagery. The pictures you see at www.seandufrene.com illustrate my love of story telling.