I’m a kayaker who has fallen in love with photography. What I love about paddling and photography is that it provides me with an incredibly calm head space. “It’s my meditation”
I began paddling on the lake as a way to rebuild both my body and mind after enduring an intensive three month bout of chemotherapy due to testicular cancer. I had never paddled a kayak prior to this and very quickly discovered how stunning it is to be on the water looking out – rather than looking in.
You will find me paddling on Lake Burley Griffin most mornings and evenings, quietly snapping away at the unique seasonal and light changes that take place around me.
After leaving Newcastle 23 years ago, I missed the ocean and yearned to be around water. For years I spent weekends traveling back to Newcastle or to the South Coast, but paddling on LBG has re-united with the water.
The beauty about living in Canberra and paddling on LBG is that most mornings it is calm. The sunrises and sunsets are a kaleidoscope of colours and feature the best backdrops anyone could ever ask for. Why would you not want to experience it!
No two days are the same, and each day provides me with a natural light show that sometimes leaves me gasping in wonder. It’s such a privilege to be able to witness and photograph the kaleidoscope of colours and seasonal features that Lake Burley Griffin offers me each day as a backdrop.
No two days are the same, and each day provides me with a natural light show that sometimes leaves me gasping in wonder.
A friend of mine summed it up perfectly: “It’s a gift, the start of a new day and a great big thank you at the end. The universe is truly an elegant place”.
I hope that you click on the links below to the ABC Video stories below, it will give you an insight into why I love photography and paddling. Paddling and photography are opposite ends of the spectrum but have so much in common. I hope that you like stories.
I hope that you enjoy the photos as much as I have enjoyed capturing them.
Paul Jurak, Kayakcameraman.