Robert Rattner captures moments that explore physical boundaries, hopes, and desires. He isolates moments that are in flux, giving us the sense that if each shot were taken even a second later, the mood would have shifted.
Everyday objects become anthropomorphic, animals mimic human gestures, and humans become integrated and/or reactive of their environments. Rattner captures multiple angles. Sometimes we’re oriented in the water, other times on land, and at times looking up and beyond the scaffolding. He captures humorous, ironic, and romantic juxtapositions and suggests that all beings are related by their proximity to one another.
Robert Rattner currently teaches a range of Digital Photography and Photo Journalism courses in the Art & Design Department at the University of New Haven. His documentary, nature, and underwater images from more than 60 countries have appeared in hundreds of magazines worldwide including National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, Audubon, The New York Times Magazine, Natural History, Der Stern, and Geo France. He was awarded the Marty Forscher Fellowship for humanistic documentary photography for his documentation of growing environmental threats. His widely published photograph of a manatee under a boat propeller was one of just 21 images selected for National Wildlife‘s “40 Years of Extraordinary Images.”