One of the world's foremost garden and flower photographers. The collection encapsulates a beautiful selection of Clive's work.
The organic beauty of flowers provide a lifetime of inspiration, and have continued to fascinate Clive Nichols throughout his considerable career. Fortunately for us he is as in love with them as ever. While putting together this gorgeous collection we asked him which of his extraordinary photographs he cherishes the most, and how he goes about capturing their unique and beautiful character. Here's what he told us.
'This image of the extraordinary tropical flower and leaves of arisaema ringens is one of 100 photographs of stunning flowers and plants that I took for my book – ‘Florescence’ – the world’s most beautiful flowers. It is my favourite photograph in the book because it not only shows the extraordinary arrow shaped leaves of this stunning plant but also the pale, leafy sheath that surrounds the flowers, whose smell attracts not bees, but other pollinators, such as beetles and flies. Arisaemas may not be the most colourful of plants, but they have a certain majesty, beauty and elegance which I admire very much. I like to capture the personality and character of plants much as a portrait photographer tries to do with their sitters. I used my daylight studio to capture this stunning specimen, using a 180mm macro lens on my Canon digital camera. The subject was lit by available light from the left and I used white reflectors to the right of the frame to bounce light back into the subject. The background is a large sheet of grey card, placed about a meter behind the arisaema'.