I am available to develop creative projects for a wide range of client needs, whether graphic or photographic. I also offer personal or group tuition with my ‘Suffolk Photography Courses’ and ‘Italian Photography Holidays’. Please feel free to call me or get in touch through my ‘Contact me’ page to discuss projects modest or large, or tuition you may be considering.
Throughout my career, I have been privileged in being commissioned by so many influential clients. Having discovered photography and graphic design before the digital revolution, the possibilities for visual expression seem almost magical to me, as we live our lives together with daily miracles and wonderment.
My design and photography skills were learnt in their original pre-digital form. Slow, sometimes laborious, but wonderfully rewarding. Consequently I am forever in awe of the kit I have at my disposal. My main camera is a Nikon D4, which for absolute peace of mind, has two ‘parallel’ memory card functions. This I can use with either the finest AF-S 14-24mm 2.8 Nikon lens; AF-S 24-70mm 2.8 Nikon lens, AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 Nikon lens or the Sigma Art 85mm 1.4 prime portrait lens. I process my work on a MacBook Pro, so I can shoot, download, evaluate and post-produce my work, before posting it from anywhere and to anywhere within minutes of shooting. I have travelled through time from being Roland Blunk, a 60’s London art student, using my parents’ attic as a first ‘dark room’, to using the world as my studio and that really is a miracle to me.
I studied Art and Design in the late sixties, at what was then the archetypal London Art School, Hornsey College of Art. And as the 60’s adage suggests, “If you can remember it, you weren’t there”. However, I do have memories of life after a series of drab boarding schools, being like Steve McQueen escaping over the wire and into Switzerland. I vividly remember Jimmy Hendrix playing in an upstairs room above the nearby Manor House pub. This was the performance that a Telegraph music critic later described as the finest live performance he ever heard, even though it was so packed he could only hear it from the street below. An astonishingly sweaty, powerhouse performance by James Brown at the Cook’s Ferry Inn. Pink Floyd as the ‘house band’ of the ‘underground’ UFO club. The Who at the Roundhouse and Charlie Mingus at Ronnie Scott’s Club. I followed this period by studying graphics at the LCP (now the London College of Communications) and the huge irony surrounding my design studies, concerned my exclusion from applying for the ‘Graphics’ degree course’. As I left school at the age of sixteen to study at ‘Hornsey’, I skipped my A’s and so had to accept a position to study on the LCP’s diploma course. A couple of years after leaving the LCP, I was thrilled when Tom Eckersley head of graphics at the LCP, and one of the foremost poster designers and graphic communicators of the last century (Google him), answered my application to lecture, with the news that he loved my letterhead design. Consequently I was offered a regular visiting lectureship, on the same degree course that I was not welcome to study on! Now let’s keep that one quiet.
My clients have included:
The Arts Council
The British Council
The British Tourist Authority
The Crafts Council
The Design Council
Her Majesty’s Stationery Office
The Institute of Chartered Accountants
The Institute of Contemporary Arts
The Longman Publishing Company
The Manchester City Art Galleries
The National Portrait Gallery
The Opera Babes
The Royal Shakespeare Company
The Scottish Development Agency
The V&A Museum
I have lectured in design and art direction at major art schools in Great Britain including ‘Central Saint Martins’ London, and my work has been reproduced in the Swiss graphic publication ‘Graphis’ Annual, The ‘Designers & Art Directors’ Annual and ‘Modern Publicity’ Annual. I was nominated to ‘Fellowship’ status of the ‘Chartered Society of Designers’ in the mid 80’s.
In 2002 I qualified as a ‘Snowsport England’ ski coach (level 4). Between 1997 and 2010 I worked several weeks a season in both Austria and Italy as an Alpine ski guide, with an ‘Internationaler Verband of Snowsport Instructors’ (IVSI) licence.
I would like to thank my friend from Italy, Mario Tartaglia, for his excellent assistance and skills, in initiating this website. And friend Adam Barnes for his continuing work on the ‘tuition’ sections. Photographer and good friend Andrew Florides for his help, advice and mentoring over the past fifteen years. Richard Tobin and his wonderful family for being such supportive friends and of course Carmela for her considerable love and patience. Roland Blunk