The photo industry has lost another long-time member with the passing in late March of Lindsay Clarke (Lindsay Clarke Video Productions) at just 61 years of age.
Lindsay operated Lindsay Clarke Video Productions from his home on the central coast of NSW for approximately 20 years, writes friend and colleague, John Ralph.
‘Previously he was involved with Fletchers and in particular their Duty Free area. He has been producing excellent video transfers for many Camera House members for many years, handling almost everything from tapes, films, audio etc.
‘Lindsay had been battling oesophageal cancer over the last two years and was dedicated to his work to the end. He was 61,’ writes John Ralph.
Further details taken from the eulogy delivered by his daughter Kristie follow:
Lindsay Clarke grew up in the northern Sydney suburb of Eastwood and attended Marist Brothers, Eastwood.
He went on to study economics at Flinders University in Adelaide but left after only one year and took a job in the photographic industry, working at Olems Duty Free, as a sales consultant.
In 1974, at just 21, he fulfilled his dream of opening his own store, Mid-City Duty Free in the Tank Stream Arcade, Sydney.
He successfully ran the business for a few years and then moved to Fletchers Fotographics, where he was the national manager overseeing all the stores throughout Australia.
He married Bev (Carr) in January 1976, having originally met her when they were both working at Olems in Adelaide.
In 1982 he moved from Sydney to the central coast and began to supplement his income with media transfers, which continued as a business until January this year.
Lindsay Clarke worked closely with the Camera House Group and other independent photo retailers, both locally and throughout NSW.
He was also involved with the Wyong Rugby League Club, videoing their home-and-away games as well as finals, and had a lasting affection for the club and the people he met there.
He also had long-standing professional videography contracts with Greyhound Racing and Harness Racing in NSW, firstly at Wyong racetrack and later other Sydney and NSW country tracks.
An avid enthusiast stills photographer, his passions in life were his work, photography, music and his family – though not necessarily in that order.
He is survived by his wife Bev and three children; Michelle, Kristie and Tim.