Hello world! I figured I’d start my blogging career off with a proper introduction (the expanded version).
Some people will describe me as a bit chatty, especially after a fresh cup of coffee. I just have so much to say. People probably describe me as many other things as well. Truth is that I’m a man with a vision.
Edison High School offered a photography class. Going into my senior year, I figured it would be an easy class to pass the time while I marched through to graduation. That class had a profound impact on me. I took a few photography classes at the local junior college where I was too intimidated to continue. Thus, my dreams of becoming a jet-setting photographer for National Geographic came to an end.
After ten years in what could be considered my first career, the restaurant industry, I decided to go back to school and get my Bachelor’s degree. My love of cameras never really left so, I graduated California State University, Fullerton with two degrees. One in PhotoCommunications and the other in Economics.
Being denied after applying to 50-plus newspapers, after graduation, can seriously make one reconsider their career choice. Then one day I received a press pass with my picture and name emblazoned with the words “Staff Photographer, San Diego Union-Tribune.” I loved my job. If the paper asked, I would’ve gone to Iraq to cover the war for free.
While at an assignment in January 2008, I received a phone call from my photo editor. She instructed me to finish up and then drive over to the executive offices. “It’s not your talent, it’s purely economical,” said the Executive Editor. I had just been laid off. Which was funny because I’m pretty sure I was the lowest paid employee on staff. I found myself prematurely birthed into the freelance world. Due to my constant flailing, I felt it would be best to jump back into school.
Throughout school, I ate, breathed and slept photography. I was like Rocky Balboa training for his rematch with Clubber Lang. I had never immersed myself in anything so intensely in my life. Along the way I made a lot of mistakes, which yielded an education. Perseverance gave me the stamina to see my projects through. Focus taught me to pay attention to the details. Patience helped me stay calm in moments of crisis (and there were plenty).
In May 2011 the Academy of Art University awarded me a Master of Fine Art in Photography, graduating Cum Laude. Other notable awards along the way include:
• 2011 International Photography Awards (IPA)
• 2011 Prix de la Photographie, Paris
• 2011 Editorial Photographer’s Educational Grant
• 2010 American Photo Images of the Year
• 2010 Artists Wanted & PDN’s One Life
• 2009 Communication Arts
• 2009 American Photo Images of the Year
• 2009 Photographer’s Forum Best of Photography
• 2009 Academy of Art University Spring Show
• 2007 MSNBC’s Year in Pictures
Usually I can be 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.