Monday, December 5, 2016

Vasiq Eqbal - Eye in the sky- Czech scientist captures the beauty of K2 peak

Pakistan’s northern areas are very rich in terms of mountains and scenic beauty, and with some of the highest mountains in the world such as the three great mountain ranges of Hindu Kush, Himalaya and The Great Karakoram, it’s a mountaineer’s dream. But what drew Petr Jan Juračka, a Czech scientist at Charles University of Prague and a professional photographer, to the country’s rich landscape was the chance to break a world record in altitude photography.
The glistening mountain peak. — Photo by Petr Jan Juračka
Photo by Petr Jan Juračka
Petr has worked in South Africa, Lesotho, Egypt, Uganda, Mongolia, Greenland, Cuba, Russia and Germany for various photographic and film-making projects. What he is really passionate about, however, is using cameras attached to drones to capture the beautiful scenes at some the world’s highest places.

As Petr explains, he had flown his drone in places such as Uganda, South Africa and Lesotho but there was always something missing. “I should be satisfied with all of that but I wasn’t. I have been waiting for something bigger and higher. I wanted a big project, as big as a project can be, and the project came to me.”
A shot of the starry night and the camps. — Photo by Petr Jan Juračka
Photo by Petr Jan Juračka
The way Petr tells it, it was fate. Czech climber Klára Kolouchová called him one day to ask if he would like to be part of a climbing expedition to K2. It didn’t take long for the photographer to agree to the project and he is really glad he made the journey to Pakistan.

“K2 is the mystic point attracting all of us. I have to admit that I had some doubts about travelling there, but my experience was really great! I really appreciate the hospitability, kindness and charisma of the Pakistani people. I would like to take my family there to see it with their own eyes.”