Photographers Sue and Brian Kendrick say goodbye to the Shoalhaven

Sue and Brian Kendrick of Lightstorm Photography.
Sue and Brian Kendrick of Lightstorm Photography.

After nearly 25 years capturing the stunning natural scenery of the Shoalhaven with their cameras, photographers Sue and Brian Kendrick of Lightstorm Photography are on the move.

The Kendricks settled in the Shoalhaven in 1994, after having spent the previous 18 months travelling Australia in their off-road camper with son Stewart, who was born three months into their journey.

With second baby Stephen on the way, they moved to Callala Bay and started selling the framed landscape images of the Shoalhaven for which the name Lightstorm has now become synonymous.

Their first book on the Shoalhaven was published in 1994, and in 2001 they published the first of their Shoalhaven calendars. The Shoalhaven book is now in its third edition and the 2018 calendar was their 18th

In 1998 the family moved to Bangalee and soon afterwards opened Lightstorm Photo-Gallery in Berry, which showcased their large format images.

During their time in the Shoalhaven Sue and Brian have witnessed huge changes in the photographic industry.

Until recent years, their images were captured on large format film, using either the Linhof Master Technika 5 x 4" camera, or the Art Panorama 6 x 17cms format. Film stock was always Fuji Velvia 50ISO, a film revered by landscape photographers for its rich saturation and fine grain. in recent years, with the exponential improvement in digital technology, most of Sue and Brian's work has been shot on the Canon EOS 5D series cameras. 

The Kendrick family have loved their time in the Shoalhaven, but retirement beckons and with it the desire to do more travelling.

Their plans are to move to Adelaide - their love of red wine might have played a part in the decision - where they will take advantage of living in a small capital city. It will also give them the opportunity to expand their collection of images as they explore their new surrounds.

Lightstorm will be having a huge sale of all remaining stock of framed prints at Stockland Nowra until June 24.

All the remaining prints, books and cards will be reduced by at least 50 per cent. After June 24, large format prints, canvasses acrylics and metal finishes will still be available for order via the Lightstorm website and Sue and Brian will continue to add to the collection. 

The Kendrick family said they were incredibly grateful for the support of people of the Shoalhaven during their 24 years of business in the region.

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