Artist Spotlight # 37.

Submitted by mimi 01/06/09 4:05 AM GMT

As the New Year begins, so we have a new artist voted into the spotlight. This artist truly thinks outside the box and shoots outside what many of us perceive as the norm, so I present to you our own resident Rob, aka third_eye! Take some time to visit his diverse gallery and read his bio below.

Hi, everyone. To those of you who voted me into this month's Featued Artist spot, I offer my thanks, my gratitude, and the number to a good shrink ;-)

All kidding aside, this was something of a surprise. Actually, quite a big one. I'd honestly come to the conclusion that it was a smallish number of people here at that "got" me and/or my work. Whatever the case, I humbly accept. So, thank you.

My name is Robert Hafner. I live in NYC, and my family consists, at this point, of my mother, and a handful of relatives.

I first really discovered photography in high school, where I belonged to a theater/science/do our own thing group called Bongo. In what would be a moment that would have lasting effects decades later, a half-hearted effort of mine to submit a photo essay was met with the following line:

"I can't accept this from you. I know you can do so much better, so now get and prove it to me." Thank you, Paul Jablon, wherever you are.

Black and white photography, in both high school, and an aborted effort in film school (NYU) was where I began my experience in photography. It was much earlier, though, that art found it's way into my heart. Class trips to museums (it was love at first sight with Starry Night and Guernica), and constant trips to art galleries (some willingly, some very much not so) with my mother, all came together to form the base of my appreciation for the visual image.

Fast forward a couple of decades, and my introduction to digital photography was in the spring of '05. I picked up my first digital camera, a point and shoot from Fuji. I took to it like the proverbial fish to water. Any doubt that the decades had eroded my love, or sight, eventually vanished, but it was a process. I've since moved on to an Olympus E500, with a two lens kit (14-45, and 40-150) and then, a Nikon D200 with the 18-200 VR lens. I'd also gotten a Tokina 12-24 wide angle lens. These days, I've scaled back a bit, and I'm shooting (once in a while) with a Fuji S100fs.. something of a hybrid DSLR/P&S thing. I suspect it's going to have a short shelf life.

I first discovered the site by introduction. Cat (&animaniactoo) told me about it after I'd met her elsewhere, and had asked if she knew of anywhere I might get some feedback on my newly rediscovered photography.

Thanks, Cat :o)

One of the guideline questions is "what is your favorite image that you have posted?" Impossible to answer. With the exception of a handful of images I've posted more for fun than anything else, I'd have to say I feel quite strongly about all of the work I have posted currently in my gallery. And that number, is probably less than a third of all the imagery I've posted in the two and a half years at the site.

Interestingly enough though, it seems that my more popular work (in terms of comments and score, are ones I feel less strongly about. The ones I refer to as really me, or really my true work, my art... don't seem to catch on quite as well here.

Without a doubt, I've learned SO much from the site here, and through the constructive criticism offered, have grown in my art. Members such as Keith (+KEIFER), Les (&purmusic), Phil (+PhilcUK) have provided the kind of growth inspiring tips and pointers (and no short supply of caveats) which helped me tremendously.

And this is where I'd like to put something into words. I suppose, with some of my thoughts, and words, I've occasionally seemed less than pleasant. Pushy, condescending, elitist are but a few of the ones I've been told of. Wasn't my intention, so if anyone was unintentionally offended, my apologies.

I do see this site as a community. I do see this site as a place of learning; a type of univerity if you will. And it is in that sentiment that I've offered just about all of what I have to say. I'm just a member, like all of you, but that's the point. We all, as I see it, need to assume some level of ownership, even though the site is not actually "ours", and be as willing to assume responsibilty for it's well being, as we are to enjoy it's rewards.

So finally, I thank you all again. I truly believe there are others out there far more deserving of this than I am, those with far greater talent. So please, scour the site, search out the talent of those known, and not, and vote someone in here next month who might've been overlooked in the past.


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01/09/09 1:46 AM GMT
Woo hoo! Well done mate, it goes without saying that you completely deserve this honour. Your work is brilliant, fascinating and introspective and you're always ready to cast your eye (well, you do have three:) over and help out with other's work. Enjoy the spotlight Rob, congratulations.
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01/09/09 2:16 AM GMT
Congratulations, Rob.
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01/09/09 2:48 AM GMT
Way to go Rob! Glad to see you get this...congratulations.
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01/09/09 3:23 AM GMT
Congrats!! You so deserve this for your talented work!!
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01/09/09 4:47 AM GMT
Congrats on a well deserved award Rob!!

Your gallery is full of wonderful work, I'm a big fan of your b&w pics and how you think outside the square eg. Flashback, Travelers of time & space,The Jazz man.. to name a few.. from your feathered & furry friends to the wonderful colorful scenes especially the night shots of the skylines fantastic captures.

Great work Rob.. time to sit back, put your feet up and enjoy the accolades..
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01/09/09 4:59 AM GMT
Congrats Rob on this well-deserved spotlight...I have always admired the thought you put into your work and the fact that you do think outside the norm on many occasions. It's really interesting to hear you say that the images that tend to score higher on this site are the one's you tend to think less of yourself...although I can't say that I'm surprised about that ;) Keep it comin'...I'm always looking forward to seeing what you share next.
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01/09/09 5:58 AM GMT
Yes, yes, yes ... Congratulations Rob! About time you received this well-deserved honor. As you already know I'm a big fan of your work. I enjoy the creative efforts & thoughts you put into each of your images. I have quite of few of your work faved, but this one is my favorite of faves. Keep on doing what you are doing behind the lens & enjoy your time in the spotlight.

Enjoyed reading your bio too.

Sherree ;-))
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01/09/09 6:11 AM GMT
Congratulations Rob.
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01/09/09 6:46 AM GMT
Well, hey, it's about time you were recognized for your unique and powerful images! Congratz, and enjoy the spotlight...

Enjoyed your bio and getting to know you a little better. Your photos bring back to me a connection with "The City". I grew up in its shadow out in Connecticut and became enamoured with it from my early teens...

I think my favorites of yours are the ones that find a totally unexpected beauty of form where very few people would think to look, images like "Flying Into The Sun" and Slide Around" Also images like "pink and green' with its startling color combination...

Again, congratulations and enjoy!
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"Never let your studies interfere with your education." - Pete Seeger
01/09/09 6:52 AM GMT
Congrats Rob, well done and deserved my friend.
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01/09/09 10:03 AM GMT
Congratulations from me too Rob!
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01/09/09 10:57 AM GMT
Well i am happy to see you recoginized Rob...very well deserved...gerry
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"The more we come in contact with animals, and observe their behaviour, the more we love them, for we see how great is their care for their young." - philosopher Immanuel Kant
01/09/09 11:33 AM GMT
Hail...Hail! They finally nabbed a "Yawka" again! About high time! You couldn't be more deserving! You know the material I'll always support you for!

Umm...Van Gogh's Starry Night, I could understand...but Picasso's Guernica...Are ya crazy? Are ya nuts? (LOL)
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01/09/09 11:52 AM GMT
Glad you are in this month's spotlight. Congratulations. I will visit now your gallery and go through each image of yours.
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01/09/09 12:01 AM GMT
'Bout bloody time!!..

A well worthy accolade mate...wondered if my voting was wasted, but got there, where you shoulda been ages ago!...

Reap the rewards my friend...a hearty congratulations to an professional all rounder!...

Yer owd pal...
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01/09/09 12:27 AM GMT
Ok, then ... coffee is brewed and served.

Double double?

... ...

... ...

I didn't say I brewed it, thank 'Timmies'. ;o)

Nicely done, Rob.

And good good timing, methinks. Looking for a creative spark?

'We' just gave you one. :o)

Congratulations and enjoy your time in the lime light.

My fav image? Wellllll ... good good thing I saved a number of yours to my HDD. (<--- all in jest, as you know.)

And still with that personal gallery of yours residing on my pc and your galleries on the site here, can't pick one. Truly. I start to think of one, then another comes to mind ... and I don't think you would be too surprised to find that I have enjoyed all of your work.

Well, save that 'dish slop coloured' one. >:oD (<--- couldn't resist, bro. You'll get me back, and I welcome it. :o) )

Nice bio and a well-deserved accolade. Congratulations once again. :o)

p.s. Heyyyy ... Look!! A flying pig!!

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01/09/09 1:56 PM GMT
Congrats! What an interesting read! Definitely reminds me of how our influences and surroundings shape our views on many levels. Artist are often appreciated more than understood. Which is probably a blessing in the grand scheme of things. Additionally I feel you can't always judge the appeal a photo has by the comments etc. I enjoy many that don't comment on, for varying reasons. Some I have no words...

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01/09/09 2:56 PM GMT
Don't be so humble Rob, you definetly deserve this award, a long time coming. I like how you experiment with differant things instead of focusing on one area. Keep up the good work and thanks for the advice you have given me in the forums and pm's. Gregg
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01/09/09 3:30 PM GMT
congratulations, rob. enjoy this tribute. film school at cool is that!
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i am always extremely grateful for the kind comments and suggestions that you make. sorry i'm so far behind in my comments! Please Visit My Gallery
01/09/09 4:22 PM GMT
"New York Man Makes The Big Time" !
I guess it's True what they say about NY .
"If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere" !
You certainly made it here.
Hope You Enjoy Your 15 Minutes of Fame !
Your Big City Images are my Favorites Rob.
Keep shootin from the Hips and Lips. LOL.

Congratulations !


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This Image GRABBED my EYE. That's Why I Stopped By. Thanks For Sharing ! Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience
01/09/09 5:24 PM GMT
Congrats Rob, well deserved and enjoy your time in the spotlight, really enjoy your big city pictures,
for example

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01/09/09 6:46 PM GMT
Congratulations Rob! Very well deserved spotlight on your work.

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01/09/09 8:27 PM GMT
Rob, you are most deserving of this and congrats to you and to all who voted for picking an artist.
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01/09/09 9:03 PM GMT
Congratulations! It's nice to see deserving people in the spotlight, along with their work. Glad I've been able to enjoy your work.

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01/09/09 11:24 PM GMT
Way to go Rob.........uhhh what was that shrink's number ?? LOL Greatly deserved by a truly gifted photographer. Always got somethin' a little different up your sleeve and that's a good thing .......(catches people off guard) in a good way. Keep on keeepin' on brother and I'll always look forward to your posts. Congratulations Rob and enjoy your moment in the sun. :) John
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01/09/09 11:37 PM GMT
Well, well lOOk who we have here…it’s about stinkin’ time mister!!

A BIG congrats on your ‘Artist Spotlight’!! I enjoy not only your work, but also chatting back ‘n’ forth and poking fun with or at ya from time to time as well.

Your works are intriguing and shows a different perspective most of the time which is refreshing although perhaps not taken serious by “normal” photographers hence a lower c-index which you mentioned. I say keep up the good work and havin’ fun showing us your side of things through your mind’s eye!!
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01/10/09 2:35 AM GMT
Congratulations to you on the spotlight!
I have looked at your gallery,....quite well if i say so


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01/10/09 3:55 AM GMT
You have contributed greatly to this site, Rob. A well deserved honor. You were one of the first to welcome me here, offer me contsructive criticism instead of just 'nice shot' type comments, and taught me the difference between an f-stop and a bus stop!

Congrats, and thanx from the bottom of my heart!

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01/10/09 3:58 AM GMT
Well deserved! Nice Bio. and congrats.
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01/10/09 11:37 AM GMT
Congrads Rob, Your a talent paid off and I too really enjoy the city scapes. =^..^= sandi ♪
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01/10/09 8:45 PM GMT
Congratulations Rob! You have a distinctive style of photography and I always enjoy viewing your photographs. I love the way you seek out the unusual and try to capture moods, textures and images which tell a tale or make the viewer aware of what it represents ...if that makes sense! well done! Patti
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01/10/09 11:20 PM GMT
Congratulations, Rob. I've enjoyed your photography.
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01/10/09 11:32 PM GMT
Congratulations,it is well deserved,you have some very good photos.Happy New Year to you.
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01/11/09 1:12 AM GMT
Congrats Rob....Well deserved honor to an outstanding artist. You are one of those I look up to when it comes to eye-catching art. Beautiful work and be proud of it.

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01/11/09 11:31 AM GMT
Congratulations Rob!
Well done and well deserved :)
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01/11/09 8:23 PM GMT
My compliments and congratulations to you, Rob, on this deserved recognition as AOTM...I'm glad you've stuck around to receive this aren't you...too bad the man in diapers isn't here to see how his influence has paid off...unfortunately time does not afford me the luxury to visit caedes as much lately but a quick perusal of your gallery and I am reminded of some of your images that I particularly enjoyed...I still get a chuckle out of Owd Bob Was Here?!?...I am also drawn to such images as Holding On, Them, This Ol' Train, flashback, Brrr and Down the hole for the emotion and sentiment they elicit...also appreciate the lines and symmetry of such images as Rings, Hooked and Going in to go out to name a few...if you are considered 'different' then it's good to be different and I hope you will continue to do so, keeping us curious and fascinated as to what unusual takes you will bring us in future...well done, Rob, and all the best.
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01/13/09 9:39 PM GMT
Congratulations Rob ! Well deserved !
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01/14/09 3:20 PM GMT
Congratulations, Rob! One of the things I know I can count on with your images is that each is very well considered before posting. One of my favorites, inside, outside and all around, is the type of photo you can look at it forever.
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01/16/09 11:47 AM GMT
Congratulations, Rob! I'm glad to see you getting this honor. I really enjoyed reading your bio and learning a little more about you. Hilda
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01/17/09 12:51 AM GMT
Congrats mate, looks like they forgot about all your 'animal porn' lol.
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01/18/09 8:00 AM GMT
Many congratulations Rob and very well-deserved.
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01/18/09 8:30 PM GMT
My I offer my belated CONGRATULATIONS on a well deserved nomination and winning of the artist spotlight... well done
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01/21/09 1:00 PM GMT
Congrats, Rob. Love your stuff.

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01/23/09 5:14 PM GMT
Good job old man -- congratulations! I get your stuff and I like it... You may not want to let that get around.. ;o)

- Mike
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01/28/09 10:06 PM GMT
Congratulations, Rob on becoming the Artist of the Month. Sorry I am late with my congrats but I missed it somehow because mostly I go straight to "New Images". Keep them coming and don't let any C-Index upset you.
P.S. I liked your narration above.
- Raj
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03/06/09 12:36 AM GMT
Damn, I didn't realize you got the first AOTM '09.
A big cheers to your victory ;o) and I have to say it's very well deserved!
Congrats Rob, well done my friend!
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