It would be another twist of fate, this time in 2006, which would give Clive the professional push he needed. "I had been working with LVMH (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE) as a designer, but my passion for photography had led me to taking my camera everywhere, including some very lavish Moët parties.
"One such party was to celebrate the then 25-year career of fashion photographer Nick Knight. I took along my Canon EOS 5D and 85mm prime, and shot a series of candid reportage pictures – all in low light – which at the time was very new, as literally every other photographer was using flash. Moët sent my edit to Nick and he phoned me the next day – within a few weeks I was shooting backstage at London Fashion week for his online fashion magazine SHOWstudio.com."
It was here that he developed his distinctive style of selective focus with natural, available, continuous, found light. It's this style that gives his work an atmospheric, ethereal quality.
Today, Clive's unique style, along with constant experimentation with new technologies and techniques, has attracted numerous international clients. These include fashion brands House of Holland, Hackett London, Louis Vuitton, H&M and beauty brands Amouage, Shu Uemura, MAC Cosmetics and L'Oréal. He also works for corporate giants including Asus, Intel, Fiat, EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and Aston Martin, and runs visual storytelling workshops for Canon's Young People Programme, the Ideas Foundation, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the Ian Parry Scholarship.