Jason Fronczek is a father, an artist and a photographer and has recently begun his professional artistic practice at McRae Art Studios, in Orlando Florida. For the past year, he worked as an art instructor for the Florida Prison Education Project, a UCF initiative to bring college level education into the prisons to give incarcerated persons a better chance on release. Born in 1972 in Orlando, Florida, Jason has always had an attraction to the camera but only recently began to master the technicalities of photography. The camera, lens, and lighting are only tools to be used. He believes the real art in photography is the connection between a subject and its environment. As a candid photographer, he likes to become invisible and capture the person, not the projected image. As an artist, Jason combines photography, mixed media, and installation to explore the dualities inherent in the relationships between art, memory, and culture; specifically as they relate to (in)visibility and the stigma surrounding mass incarceration and mental illness. Fronczek’s art asks viewers to slow down and take notice of the often unseen, overlooked, and discarded.
Speaking on photography, Jason states “When we see an image and it really sticks out, it is usually because we can connect to it personally. There is a certain unexplained familiarity with it. Traditional portraiture 'creates' a mood and removes personality, resulting in a flat image and a canned expression. And while it may be technically correct, you can always tell - by simply looking at the eyes.”
Jason currently lives in Winter Park, Florida and moonlights as a photographer and art instructor.
I value my family, life, and living. I have probably lost more than most, but not nearly as much as many and I am thankful for all I do have. Seeing new things and being able to see the common in a new and touching way, especially when I have to stop and catch my breath, is a source of inspiration to me. When I am driving, walking, or just sitting there and my eye catches a glint of something I think to myself how beautiful that is. I wonder how many people look at this same object, shape, or angle and see what I just saw. And it’s not the entire scene, it is just one small detail of the whole that made me stop and ponder.
What do I like looking at? Silence. I like looking into silence; it is dark, mystifying, and curious. Silence has no form, but every time you hear it you have to look. The most successful television ads in garnishing your attention are the ones that have no audio track whatsoever. Why? Because we expect to drown out the commercial advertisements, it’s our opportunity to get something done while the show is playing. When we hear nothing we automatically think something broke, we must find out what IT is. The advertiser is hedging his all that this visual message will stand out and burn itself in the viewer’s memory. That is the emotion I feel I capture.
I am a photographer so maybe someone can say “Wow, that was beautiful. Thanks for sharing your vision with me. I needed to see that, it made my day”