I have just watched the latest trailer for the upcoming Bond movie, SPECTRE. With his pronounced pout making him look ever more like a bullfrog, Mr Craig and his latest 007 offering just looks so boring. Explosions and pith do not a great movie make.
However, viewing it made me want to draw attention to something epic in every sense: Margin Call. A movie centering around the whole murky sub-prime mortgage, over-leveraged period of US financial history. The screen is packed with great performances and drama. More relevant than this, in pure content terms, the feel represents everything I try to obtain on a wedding shoot.
My work is people-centric. Wedding photography is about trying to weave a narrative and tell the story of an important day. While formal family groups and set-ups are are nice and have a place, the 'good stuff' are the small moments caught and emotions shown. Less is absolutely more. A good, confident photographer shouldn't need bangs and whistles to give their work heft. The point, all too often overlooked, is something genuine and real.
So, Mr Craig, get your Tom Ford tailored butt onto Netflix and watch Margin Call. At one point it does feature an Aston Martin, but the rest is something your man Bond can really learn from...