Tag Archives: Hugh Kretschmer

Hugh had this to say about his latest shoot for Pennzoil Motor Oil.

Engine Wrestling: “One of the largest sets I’ve ever had created, this ‘sumo wrestling arena’ took up most of the studio we were working in. The paint had to be the exact yellow hue of the Pennzoil logo, and we used a lot of it! Two days of prep work went into the building and painting the set, with a solid day rigging the raised wrestling ring to support and balance the 8 cylinder truck engine. We found out the hard way that all construction sand comes wet, and there was no easy way to dry it in the time allotted. We tried industrial heaters and blowers, with poor results. Kitty litter was the solution and there was more of it than the paint!”

Dying Engine: “This was shot in three parts, and composited in post-production.

Part 1: El Mirage dry lake bed in California was photographed on 8×10 film and formed the desert setting which we matched lighting, lens length, and camera height for the other elements shot in the studio.

Part 2: The engine was rigged to stand alone without visible supports, and special effects smoke was pumped through the exhaust pipe during exposure.

Part 3: The African vulture was MASSIVE and we had his session around his natural eating schedule, and the wrangler used a taxidermy rabbit to coax his preying stance. Shot on 4×5 using Fuji RDP film. The images were later scanned, composited together, and colourized to match the Pennzoil yellow.”

Hugh Kretshmer explains his latest surrealist photograph ‘Colour and Shape’.

“Colour and Shape is a phrase I have heard a lot throughout my career. Having worked with many talented hair stylists, I became inspired around the idea. The image was unusual for me as I worked in reverse; usually I come up with the idea and then name it but on this occasion, the title lead the creative.”

Hugh was commissioned for a deceptive series of portraits.

‘I may have used special effects propping and Photoshop to create this illusion, but these guys perform theirs with pure skill and mastery’

A camera was set up behind the scenes for us to see it all come together, Magic!

Hugh’s recent shoot takes on a personality of its own…

With this ongoing series of ‘FAMILY PORTRAITS’ a visual exploration into the observable characteristics, or phenotype, that are passed down from parent to offspring. The resulting depiction not only defines their genetic lineage, but also composites a fictional ‘THIRD PERSON’.

But a little birdie tells us that neither Mother or daughter think the final image looks anything like themselves… but everything like the other.

Click to see the full project