Paul Jurak | The Lake

30cm x 45cm
75cm x 100cm
Archival Pigment Prints

Having only come to photography in the past few years, Paul initially started paddling his kayak on the lake to help his recovery from cancer. Early morning paddle sessions on the lake were Paul's way of starting the day with his own personal space and tranquility. With an interest in exploring mindfulness and awareness, Paul would paddle for an hour each morning as a kind of meditation before the rigours of daily life took hold. 

To begin with, Paul used a very simple and low resolution digital camera to make some photos of the lake each morning. After returning home, he would upload the images to his new blog, Kayakcameraman. Paul's blog soon caught the public's attention as well as that of Canberra's local newspaper, The Canberra Times, which started to post Paul's pictures on a blog called 'Lake View'.

Since 2012, Paul's enthusiasm for photography has grown and he continues to paddle each day, with photography now a primary focus. Paul has started to work with numerous private organisations, as well as Tourism ACT, and he participates whole-heartedly in the online world, sharing his photos and communicating with his ever-growing fan base. 

Paul's pictures from Lake Burley Griffin show the mystique and beauty of Australia's capital city, revealing the man-made environment co-existing with its natural surroundings.