Hugh Kretschmer’s personal photography project features a vintage Ken Doll and is delightfully complex and technically brilliant. Marvelling at these images its hard to imagine that the model is in fact a real life man.
The narrative shows Ken as “he makes his way through his fate, he is challenged again and again by the reality of his new circumstance, all met with a doll’s stoic stare and slight grin”. Ending up “where all good toys who loose their luster and appreciation, the shelf of a no-name vintage store”
Instead of making the human doll small in a miniature world, Hugh reversed the approach and was able to make the “real world” look small by a combination of tilt-and-shift camera movements, and hand made, doll-like props and wardrobe.
Hugh’s Ken was a former student and a doppelgänger of the blond version of the 1963 model. And for Hugh “it all came together the first day of the shoot when my make-up artist, Isaac Prado, did his magic on him, particularly the hairdo.”