The Photography Room: Paul Jurak ExhibitionShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
Paul Jurak is a self deprecating character with a sense of humour and engaging personality. Add to that a keen eye for photography - especially in his chosen environment of Lake Burley Griffin where he paddles his kayak - what results is a wonderful collection of photographs he shares in books, on social media and currently in an exhibition at the Photography Room at the Old Bus Depot Markets.
I hesitate to call the space the ‘new’ photography room because the Old Bus Depot Markets are old, in need of a bit of a facelift but intrinsically keeping the style of the markets as it should be. The refurb of the upstairs/downstairs Photography Room is a commendable effort by Sean Davey and his best mate James Webster to create a unique space to exhibit and display member’s work in an environment that is part of the whole but a space apart.
Easy to find and well signposted, there are stairs off the ramp from either end. And if you’re an OBDM regular you know the ramp behind the garden shop and next to the café.
There are two exhibition spaces with the main space featuring an eclectic mix of photography from predominately local photographers while on the lower level the small intimate space is for solo exhibitions which is where you’ll find the work of Paul Jurak and his ‘lake’.
A brush with cancer, twice actually, is what led Jurak to make time to paddle regularly, the photography slipped into the routine and has become a source of pleasure for this plumber who reckons he’s just a point and shoot kind of photographer.
Jurak met Sean Davey when he was trying to collate his pictures for a book. Davey is the kind of man who was happy to help and as a formidable photographer with a recent Highly Commended award in the National Portrait Gallery’s Photographic Portrait Prize this new enterprise at the markets is a space to celebrate and exhibit photography from a wide range of styles and preferences. And to give photographers a retail space for their work. The refurb is slick and simple, the space well lit and convenient.
Make time to check it out.........