Marc Hom Catches Norman Reedus
Norman Reedus is the surprise star of The Walking Dead, AMC’s currently most popular show. When he began on the show he was a supporting character whose personality was mostly defined by the crossbow he held in his hands. But over the intervening seasons his unique relationships and quiet manner have made him a fan favorite, inspiring a vicious passion from his base. Part of Reedus’ draw is his enigmatic energy that is personal, but draws on for his professional life. He follows a path that is set inside of, that is mysterious even to those closest to him. In their latest issue, Men’s Journal wanted to highlight some of the few things that are clear about Reedus to the rest of his: his love for motorcycles. Using that as a root, Marc Hom met up with Reedus in Louisiana to get the best picture of him possible (both photographic and conceptual).
Often, magazine shoots that are paired with lengthy profiles are high concept and about executing ideas more than they’re about giving us a better idea of who the subject is. In this case, it wasn’t a question. Reedus’ newest project is a documentary series that is centered around motorcycle culture, something that Reedus has been a part of for decades. So Marc and Reedus met down in New Orleans just as he was wrapping up the last episode of the series. They found an old vintage gas station and fitted it out to look just like a mechanic’s shop. Reedus has spent a fair share of his private life around motorcycle mechanics, so although it was a set up for an image, it was something that he was totally comfortable with.
Then they went on the road, both figuratively and literally, setting Reedus up in a tent and getting him in action on his bike. Even if Reedus is beyond our understanding, at least we can understand a part of his world and his experience. At least we can see a part of a shared vision, and thanks to Marc we get at least that.