Marc Hom Goes Classic for Game of Thrones
This is not the first time that Marc Hom has shot the actors from Game of Thrones, but this time it was going to be a little different. Entertainment Weekly created six concurrent covers with Marc’s photographs, each with a different actress in costume from the show. Six different covers sounds like a lot, but for loyal viewers of the show it makes total sense. The series features a huge cast, and each of them is as integral to the story as any of the others. “The thing with this show is that there are so many characters and they’re all important. It’s not like there’s just one lead and the rest are supporting roles,” Marc explains. That’s why Daenerys Targaryen, Brienne of Tarth, Arya and Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister, and Margaery Tyrell each get this distinction. But Marc did want to make a slight shift in tone. He wanted to root the imagery in this world because the show is so real to so many people.
“This time around I just wanted it a little cleaner,” says Marc. “And make it a little bit more fresh, more timeless.” Instead of bringing the shoot to a massive soundstage, Marc met the actors in Spain and Belfast and brought the shoot outside. Even though we see the environments only on the edges of the images where they’re out of focus, they create a context for the women that is tangible and of our world. “This one was more of a Goddess approach to make these women beautiful and iconic rather than having a playfulness like we had last time,” Marc describes it. “There’s just more striking directness.”
The danger with a show that’s as popular as Game of Thrones is to go too far towards representation. These covers aren’t a page from the story, instead they’re a different branch that reflects the larger world of it. Marc has shot some of these characters three times now, but he makes sure that the history doesn’t dictate what happens on the day. “We always plan it quite in advance in terms of what they’re going to wear with colors and stuff like that, and the show has certain things that they want them to wear,” explains Marc. “But it’s better to just go in cold because there’s so much going on. If you start thinking too much about the storyline it gets a little stale. It’s more about going in there and taking beautiful pictures of these women.” You can plan every detail but when it comes to taking a great photograph that can only happen between the subject and the photographer. So that’s exactly what Marc did.