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Pete Williams at Fotofilia

Pete Williams by David Rann

Pete Williams by David Rann

If, like myself and most of the rest of the country, you were watching Jools Holland’s Hootenanny show over New Year, you will probably have seen Pete Williams, founder member and co-frontman of Dexys, performing some of their best known songs.

Well, a couple of months ago, just before Dexys headed off for a short Australian tour, I had the opportunity to photograph Pete at Fotofilia and another location nearby. This came about mainly because I photographed Pete’s cousin Sean’s band a couple of months earlier (remember the Rudie & The Revolvers shoot?) and Sean was kind enough to recommend me.

Pete Williams by David Rann (studio shot)

Pete Williams by David Rann (studio shot)

Having spoken to Pete and worked out his main influences (1930s/1940s with a bit of classic rock and roll thrown in) I decided to use a location in a crumbling victorian ex-industrial building near the studio. Think “Dragons Den on a budget”. The upper floors had the benefit of lots of natural light (too much for some shots) and lots of lovely old features, not least a goods lift with the scissor-type mesh door.

Pete Williams by David Rann

Pete Williams by David Rann

Afterwards we returned to the studio and I used some vintage “filmic” lighting to try to recreate Pete’s favoured look and was rewarded with some of the day’s better images.

I gave Pete the images a short time later and he was (thankfully) very complimentary and has used a few of the images on his facebook page and on flyers. The images you see here are slightly reworked (mixture of Lightroom and Snapseed) versions of the ones given to Pete. So these are my own edit that you won’t find anywhere else.

As a post-script to this, I went to see Pete Williams and his band play in Birmingham in December and it was excellent! I took photographer and editor of Square Magazine, Christophe Dillinger along too and he was also impressed. I recommend you check him out when he’s next appearing in your area. – Pete Williams’ website – check it out. – just in case you didn’t know already.

Pete Williams by David Rann

Pete Williams by David Rann

Pete Williams by David Rann

Pete Williams by David Rann



10 responses

  1. great stuff dave, very moody, love it.

    January 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  2. Helen Rollins

    Fantastic Photos!! Can’t decide which is my favourite, but steering towards the last one

    January 12, 2013 at 5:38 pm

  3. darkangel2508

    Fantastic Photos. Can’t quite decide which is my favourite, but there’s something about the last one…..

    January 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    • Thanks Helen! I took loads and still re-editing them. As I said to Matt, it does help to have an inspiring and collaborative subject.

      January 13, 2013 at 8:14 pm

  4. mattleachphotography

    Love these David

    January 13, 2013 at 8:02 am

    • Thanks Matt! Much appreciated. I had a great subject.

      January 13, 2013 at 8:12 pm

  5. Thanks so much for your time and talent David.

    January 13, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    • Thanks Pete! I’ll mail these new versions over to you on Tuesday when I’m next hooked up to the broadband. Hope you like ’em.

      January 13, 2013 at 8:11 pm

  6. Very good photos. No need for fancy backgrounds. I was at Birmingham too, Dexys, fantastic. Dispite not living many miles away, I’ve never seen Pete and his playing antwhere else. Photos great

    January 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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