The Arresting Surprise of Lady Bird with Marc Hom
Every year Hollywood surprises us, and never in the way that we expect. The blockbusters take over the summer, thrillers in the fall, then big dramas in the winter right before Oscar season. But every year there are one or two movies that appear out of nowhere and steal the hearts of their audiences. This year it’s Lady Bird, the dramatic comedy written and directed by actress Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, with Laurie Metcalf playing her mother. It’s a coming of age tale that has exploded on the scene, gaining an incredible amount of Oscar buzz earning a cover story at Entertainment Weekly, photographed by Marc Hom. Marc was thrilled to take on this project because he loves working with close creative teams. “What I really liked about this is when you shoot with people who have been working together for so long and their project becomes a success, to become a fly on the wall,” says Marc. “I get to see the chemistry between them in this situation, just how well they know each other and the tremendous respect they have towards each other.”
These three leading women have worked together so closely to create this special story that the energy between them is dynamic, intimate, and intense. Although those relationships were honed through the making of the movie, Marc wanted to ensure that the photographs celebrating the artistic achievement wouldn’t be stuck in time. After all, each of these women will continue to go on and create more beautiful work. “I think it was a combination of course representing the movie but at the same time not replicating what’s already been done,” Marc explains. “it’s more about capturing them as they are more than they are as a character… It should represent the energy between three women, but also represent them as individuals, and also have a feeling of great portraits that we can look at in 10 years and say it’s a beautiful picture.” They came together for this film, which we’ll all celebrate, and then they’ll move forward and make more laudable creations.
The images that Marc created have a stillness and intimacy to them which is a treat to behold. But there’s also a power, a power that each of the women wield in front of and behind the camera. For Marc, that power settled into the room, not just because of the capabilities of these three artists, but also because of the electricity around their movie. All eyes are on the women of Lady Bird as awards season gets into full swing. “You could definitely feel that there was a train full steam ahead,” Marc says. “You could feel that. It was definitely a good nervous energy but you could definitely feel that they were hit by something that they didn’t quite expect.”