Over to you, Clive...
When did you take your first photo? What was it of?
My first photo was of one of my mates at University – in black and white – that must have been in 1982.
Are you self-taught, or did you study photography in some way?
Totally self taught – I learnt about shutter speeds and things like depth of field from a little book in the 1980’s produced by Kodak called ‘Take better pictures’.
Now you're an acclaimed photographer, what advice would you give to your fledgling photographer self?
Get up early to catch the amazing light at dawn.
[NB Clive has been known to get up early and drive 200 miles to catch that light - Ed]
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by everything and anything – art, landscape, photography, design, fashion, sport.
How much of your work is indoors vs. outdoors?
These days about 70 per cent is exterior, 30 per cent indoors.
Do you use your own garden for your work?
I have just moved to a small house and it has a tiny front garden which I will make into a photogenic courtyard for photography – at my last house – which was a barn, I had a lovely garden that I photographed regularly.
The weather forecast is lousy for your next outdoor shoot. Do you go or rearrange?
Re-arrange – if it’s windy and rainy then forget it.
Apart from your camera, what piece of equipment would you never be without?
My Manfrotto tripod.
You've completed your latest shoot, what happens next to the photos you've taken?
I process the raw files as quickly as possible and get them onto my photo library.
What's your favourite garden or location?
This changes all the time- last week I was shooting at Painshill Park in Surrey and the crystal grotto there was just amazing, so for now that is my favourite garden! I especially love shooting at Gina Price's garden at Pettifers in Oxfordshire – it's near me and I know it so well.
Which yet-to-see garden is at the top of your list?
The garden I would most like to see would be Hermannshof in Germany – it looks so beautiful in photos.
[NB the garden's website is in German. Your browser may or may not offer a translate button - Ed]
What's your proudest moment?
Being chosen by Country Life to photograph HRH The Prince of Wales’s private garden – Birkhall – on the Balmoral Estate in Scotland.
Thanks Clive for the insights, and to MyGardenSchool for setting up the interview and providing the photographs.
You can see more of Clive's work on his website, Facebook Page and Twitter accounts where you'll find plenty more to inspire you.
Rona Wheeldon over at Flowerona interviewed Clive a while ago, and came up with a quite different set of questions to mine.
Lots more photography resources to help and inspire you, plus a look at cropping photographs with some examples Clive showed me using some of my photos.