January 5, 2008

Olaf Starorypinski joins us

" Really look. Pay attention to everything around you. Use your eyes AND your brain together, not just your eyes. And once you've looked, analyzed, pondered, considered and ruminated, then go out and shoot a LOT." Olaf Starorypinski

"Little Red Riding Nori"
Art Model Catphrodite
Backdrop by Marcus J. Ranum

You'll find Olaf Starorypinski at Model Mayhem, Duclerck, an interview by Mike Panic at Photo Forum, Banana Factory, deviantART.


Passionate professional photographer, shooting mostly fashion, fine art, portraiture and editorial, Olaf Starorypinski has been early influenced by the Greek mythology :

"My low key, sculptural treatment of the human body is often an interpretation of that genre."

Friend of Marcus J. Ranum, teacher of Scott Nichol, Olaf is one of the best contemporary photographers.

His compositions are always outstanding and powerful. And we can feel in all his pictures his deep love for light ant lighting, that he perfectly masters, and teaches of course.


Olaf Starorypinski was born in London, England, in 1964, the son of Polish immigrants.

Olaf has always been fascinated with light and he developed an interest in photography and in lighting during his high school years. He has been involved in lighting design for nearly 20 years, including design companies both in the UK and the USA.

Olaf moved to the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, in 1990.


Stylistic influences include David Bailey, Robert Mapplethorpe, Howard Schatz, Herb Ritts, and Helmut Newton. Although the scope of Olaf's subjects is broad, his primary interest has always been people.

Olaf's experience and knowledge of light is the primary influence in his photographic work. Using light to 'sculpt' subjects he creates images from a unique perspective. Critics have described his photographs as "dynamic and sculptural", "works of subtlety and power", and "visual intrigue".

"The Steel 1"
Art Model Catphrodite

"The Steel 8"
Art Model Catphrodite

"Jane 1"

About his models (extract from the interview by Mike Panic) :
" I absolutely believe that a model's personality and talent have a HUGE influence on any image.

If you listen to the world's top photographer's talk about who they like to shoot, you will almost always hear them using words like attitude, charisma, magic, charm, seduction, before they talk about a model's physical attributes.

I've shot dozens of people who are physically stunning and beautiful, but look lifeless and dull in images. Some models can only do one or two looks. To be able to do it all is a very rare talent, and it's why the top models get paid so much."

Art Model Rael C

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