A 2002 picture of Robbie Williams pictured with Jonathan Wilkes and Neighbours star Daniel McPherson as they leave his Edinburgh apartment wearing kilts for the first night of Godspell at The Festival Theatre in which his pals were starring.
An eight hour wait on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on a freezing March day resulted in a set of pictures which made the national papers and magazines.
And Robbie was a proper gent who relieved the strain of the wait by letting a colleague and I use his bathroom. When the three eventually appeared they couldn’t have been more accommodating as they posed for the cameras.
With most of my business being press related and therefore time sensitive I’d made the decision to move from film to digital some 18 months earlier and when these pictures were taken I was using a Nikon D1 camera, Nikon’s first mass market pro digital SLR, which was capable of producing some truly awful images, together with the later D1x which was a vast improvement but still not a patch on what we use today.
The D1 images always had an electronic look to them with strange yellow casts to skin tones and no real depth of colour. The D1x was much better and if correctly exposed, i.e. slightly under, could produce some much better tones and saturated colours. The three shot was made with the D1x with an 80-200mm F2.8 lens and direct flash as the Scottish light had long since disappeared. No feeding frenzy from the press pack here as the picture had been agreed through Robbie’s PA so we all stood back to gave the guys some room and they responded with smiles and the invitation to move closer which is when the portrait was taken on the D1 with a 35-70mm F2.8 zoom lens. In colour this portrait was not great and an accurate colour balance was almost impossible to achieve but converted to B/W it looks half way decent.