A post in which the garden photographer Clive Nichols shares his skills set me thinking, or to be more precise, set me salivating… And I decided to share my enjoyment on my blog. I’m definitely not paid to do so, and if this reads like advertising copy, forgive me: it is pure enthusiasm for the way in which he captures the beauty within beauty!
Clive Nichols is one of the UK’s most famous garden photographers; in fact one of the world’s great photographers in any genre I believe. He recently contributed a guest blog at Landscape Juice Network, a gardening network aimed mainly at UK Landscapers to which I belong. It is well worth exploring at http://www.landscapejuice.com/ You will find his contribution at http://www.landscapejuice.com/2009/12/how-to-make-the-best-use-of-winter-when-photographing-in-the-garden.html
Clive in fact has his own webpage, which I remember first finding years back whilst trawling the web. Visit it at http://www.clivenichols.co.uk even if you do nothing other than stare at his home page for a few minutes – and I promise you there is much more to see!
I remember reading about him in ‘The Garden’, the magazine of the Royal Horticultural Society even before I discovered his book ‘Photographing Plants and Gardens’ (ISBN0715301357). It is from this book that I have copied my pictures (“For what is the use of a blog without pictures?” said AliceAnastasia…) I have owned the book for nearly 15 years. It is still my most important reference on garden photography!
Ask me who I most wish I were… I guess Clive Nichols comes pretty high on that list. Not only for his ability to find the perfect composition, the perfect lighting and then photograph it with the perfect camera – perfectly. But because he spends so much of his time visiting perfect gardens!