Adelaide, South Australia Australia (PressExposure) May 08, 2007 -- Award winning Australian photographer Ashley Starkey has launched an online photographic gallery and stock image library [http://www.starkeyzone.net] with an exhibition of photographs titled Playing with Light & a couple of things you're not supposed to do with a digital camera. The series of work was produced in Starkey's home studio and backyard with some lights, kid's toys and the Sun. Some of the shots were created by taking a photograph as the camera was tossed into the air and hopefully caught. The technique known as camera tossing is a risky business but the motion of the camera and the element of chance produce some startling results. Photographs of the rays of the Sun as it appears from behind leaves form another part of the exhibition and the slightly less risky technique of moving a child's light sabre toy in front of an open lens complete the series. All the works are boldly coloured and although to some they may appear to be a product of digital manipulation they are all unedited and are exhibited as they were shot in the camera.
Starkey Zone is on online gallery where images can be licensed for commercial, editorial and other uses and they can also be purchased as archival prints. There are eight more galleries at Starkey Zone that cover a broad spectrum of styles including surreal and abstract images, photo-journalism and nature photography. The galleries on Starkey Zone have been selected from a large library of work created over more than fifteen years using a variety of techniques from traditional photography to collage to today's digital camera tossing. New exhibitions and releases of past work will be promoted through a mailing list on the homepage.
Starkey has previously been awarded Best CD Artwork by the South Australian Music Industry and he's also twice won Best Music Video Director. His imagery has been featured in Photography International and a documentary film he made was screened on Australian national television on the ABC Arts Show in 2006.