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.
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.
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
resides in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, with his wife, daughter, two spoiled
felines, and one intrepid smooch dog.