NORBERT BLANK

30 years of discovery, experience and passion of visual documentation of life

 

outdoor - business - people 

automotive - sports - nature

fashion - travel - products

live reports - multimedia - movie

social responsibility - cross cultural understanding

 

 

Norbert Blank has taken the plunge successfully from a permanent employee as mechanical engineer into the independence more than fifteen years ago: In a for him totally new, highly competitive occupational field: photography, film productions and whitewater kayak.

He has still kept his fascination of the work as an engineer. Due to a lot of challenges and additional qualifications he could develop his personal competencies extensively:
 
As trainer and consultant, photo journalist, author, kayak and kitesurf instructor, outdoor education teacher and in multimedia while setting up and managing his own business.
 
In this context worldwide, complex projects gave him the courage, the confidence and the experience to solve complicated problems with creative solutions and successfully complete with partners from different cultures.
 
 

my academic studies and trainings

Mechanical engineer (TU Munich), kayak instructor and kayak instructor supervisior (BVKanu, VDKS), kitesurf instructor (VDWS), outdoor trainer and adventure educator (Outward Bound), photo journalist, movie maker, adventurer, writer, keynote speaker and father of the most wonderful girl in this world.
 
 

my most important jobs, photo shootings, awards, movies, adventures and events:

2019
France / La Grave: freeski and equipment photo shootings
Publication of the new book: "Rauszeit" - best 400 outdoor adventures all over the world
 
2018
Croatia: Fotoshooting NAISH Kiteboarding  Emilia Moises
Switzerland: Celebrating Norbert Blank beiing ten years brand ambassador of EXPED  
Germany: Working as a Pro bono Photographer for NGO "CHILDREN for a better World e.V."
Alps: Backcountry Freeski Adventure La Grave Graubünden Alagna Dolomiten
 
2017
Brazil: Kitesurf Safari
USA Grand Canyon: 12 days kayak trip
Publication of the new book: "Wohnmobil Highlights der Welt"
Ecuador: photoshooting "AMAZONAS" hammoks
 
2016
Marocco: kayak adventure 
Greece: sea and whitewater kayak adventure
Ecuador: photo shooting tropical kayak calendar
 
2015    
USA Grand Canyon: 12 days kayak trip
Kyrgyzstan: foto and movie production ski adventure "Horse Powder"
Greece: sea and whitewater kayak
 
2014
Graduating VDWS KiteSurf Instructor 
Southern Europe: three month exploring kajak and kitesurf spots
 
2013
Colombia: whitewater kayak adventure
Appointment as a instructor of the canoe instructors in the teaching and training team of BVKanu (formerly VDKS) www.bvkanu.de
 
2012:
My book "Kanu Bayern" turns up in 3. edition
 
2011
Himalaya: photo shooting "Exped" catalogue
My intercultural creative office moves to a new location "Neues Atelier", D-Bamberg
 
2010
Selvaggio Blu: photo shooting "Exped" catalogue
 
2009
Ecuador: photo shooting "Exped" catalogue
Germany: "Sparkasse Bamberg": photo shooting buisness report
My book "Kanu Bayern" turns up in 2. edition
 
2008
Germany: "Sparkasse Bamberg": photo shooting buisness report
Volkswagen Experience Sweden: "Ice drive" on frozen lakes with race legend "Hans-Joachim Stuck"
 
2007
Photo reportage ten month through Arabia and Persia
 
2006
Russia, China, Mongolia, Tibet: "Volkswagen Experience" Tour Wolfsburg Beijing Lhasa
Ecuador: managing sponsoring project of "Steiner Binoculars"
Europe: photographie of "Life" youth welfare calendar
Modification of a Mercedes 1113B into a 4*4 expedition truck 
 
2005
Publication of my two new books: "Kanu Basic" and "Kanu Bayern"
Ecuador: photo shooting nature birdwatching "Steiner Binoculars"
Kyrgyzstan Europe: photographie of "Life" youth welfare calendar
 
2004
Germany: online publication of "Steiner Nature College"
Europe: photographie of "Life" youth welfare calendar
 
2001 - 2003
Experiential education (outdoor trainer and adventure educator ) "ZAB" at "Outward Bound", active as a freelance trainer and consultant
 
2003
"National Geographic": Kayaking Ecuador award in "50 best adventures worldwide"
Europe: photographie of "Life" youth welfare calendar
Ecuador: Yasuni Nationalpark: photo shooting for "Steiner Binoculars"
Marocco: during winter outdoor adventure with family and kids in north africa
 
2002
Greece: living a winter with family in the south
"Festival Horizonte": startup of the new multi media travel festival
 
2001
Dominican Republic: kayak and outdoor adventures, living a winter with family in the carribean
Jacobs Maxwell: online publication of "Maxwell Outdoor Trip Collector"
Caribbean: whitewater kayak expedition hispaniola
 
2000
Ecuador: whitewater kayak expedition amazonas
Foundation of Ecuador-Kajak: Norbert Blank is owner, manager and headguide of the company
 
1999
Founding the intercultural creative office "Atelier Brennerstrasse"
Starts working as a freelancer in photo journalism: www.bilder-botschaften.de
Publication of my first book:"Fränkische i-Tüpfäla"
"El Mundo" Festival Austria: best adventure award for my live multimedia reportage "Ein Jahr-Drei Räder"
 
1998
Ghana: traveling in the heart of Afrika
 
1996 - 1998
Working as an engineer in the technical development of Audi AG
 
1996
Graduation "VDKS / BVKanu" whitewater kayak instructor 
 
1995
Latin America: one year on a motorbike with sidecar crossing the continent
 
1991 - 1994
Working as an engineer in the technical development of Audi AG
 
1991
Algeria: crossing sahara desert on motorbike
 
1988
Yugoslawia Greece Turkey: two month on road with an old BMW motorbike
 
1985 - 1991
"Mechanical engineering studies at the Technical University of Munich / TUM"
Graduation as "Diplom Ingenieur" in December 1991
 
since 1985
Europe Asia Caribbean: lots of backpacking
 
1980
Starts whitewater kayaking
 
1968
Starts skiing
 
1965
born in Bamberg / Germany