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My book of London

 

Best books of London

Welcome to my soon be published book ‘London, as you’ve never seen it before’,
containing over 600 unique images, laid out within 24 chapters and set throughout 256 pages.
And if curious, you may view  example spreads here.
It has been a three year project that I’ve written, photographed and designed myself.
And rather than me say how fab it is, I’ll let those that really understand publishing, have their say!

 

“It looks amazing, and I’d certainly buy it…”
Meg Davis, Ki Agency Ltd

“Many thanks for sending me your splendid project. It’s certainly a photographic extravaganza…”
Robert Smith at Robert Smith literary agency

“Your book is the evolution of travel guides. Beautiful!”
Susanna Valeriani, Austin Macauley publishers

“What a wonderful project and a beautiful book!…”
Morwenna Loughman, Bev James Management & Literary Agency

“The book looks great…”
Martin Dunford, co-founder of the Rough Guides

“It’s fabulous, the photos are stunning and it’s beautifully laid out…”
Emma Shercliff, Laxfield Literary Associates

“They are beautiful pictures,
and as a once long-time resident of London I appreciated seeing familiar locations in a new way…”
Kiran Kataria, Keane Kataria Literary Agency

“The photography is wonderful…congratulations!”
Susan Feldstein, The Feldstein Agency

“Thanks for this wonderful material…”
Michael Alcock, Johnson and Alcock, Literary agents

“The photos are gorgeous and I think this would make a stunning coffee table book…”
Megan Carroll, literary agent of Watson Little Ltd

“It’s a great piece of work!…”
James Rennoldson, Writers & Artists yearbook

Roland Blunk(http://www.adamb402.sg-host.com)
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 I use with either AF-S 14-24mm 2.8; AF-S 24-70mm 2.8 or AF-S 70-200mm 2.8 Nikon 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 design and photography in the late sixties, at what was then Hornsey College of Art, London. Life, after a series of drab boarding schools, was exciting to say the least. Jimmy Hendrix played upstairs at the Manor House pub, James Brown at Cook's Ferry Inn and Charlie Mingus at Ronnie Scott's, to name a few local distractions. I followed this by studying graphics at the LCP and the huge irony surrounding my design studies, concerned my exclusion from applying for the 'Graphic Design' degree course'. As I left school at the age of sixteen to study at 'Hornsey', I skipped my A's and so studied 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 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: Action Aid Arista Records The Arts Council The BBC The British Council The British Tourist Authority The Crafts Council The Design Council Eversheds Solicitors The Guardian Haymarket Publications Her Majesty's Stationery Office Hoeseasons Holidays The Institute of Chartered Accountants The Institute of Contemporary Arts Island Records The Longman Publishing Company The Manchester City Art Galleries The National Portrait Gallery The Opera Babes The Royal Shakespeare Company The Scottish Development Agency 'Sotogrande' Spain The V&A Museum I have lectured 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) coaching instructors at the 'Norfolk Snowsports Club'. Each season I worked in both Austria and Italy as a freelance Alpine ski guide, with an 'Internationaler Verband of Snowsport Instructors' (IVSI) licence.