It all started with craigslist… really.
Not just how Palmer met Greg, but how Palmer and I met as well in its own way. I suppose both Palmer and I owe a great deal of gratitude to Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist. One day when I meet him, after thanking him I’ll tell him our story too as I respect his vision.
Creative vision is an incredible gift that resides in each and every one of us and if you’re really blessed with things working out well, you might even get to be called a “visionary” by those in and out of your field. Perhaps what visionaries should really be called are “risk takers” due to the thankless creative commitment it takes to even follow up on ones creative vision.
It’s my birthday today and as I type this from my home in West Hollywood during post production on STRIPPED, I find a comfort reflection of admiration in the creative vision and commitment of two men who uniquely capture life through lenses; David Palmer and Greg Friedler.
Ironically, I’ve never mentioned this to Palmer or Greg or anyone for that matter, yet to me, both Greg’s journey and Palmer’s journey of “Naked Las Vegas” are reflections of one another and perhaps when we’re out of the zone, hindsight will open up a clearer vision on that observation.
Ultimately both Palmer and Greg chose to commit to their creative vision at any cost and against every obstacle and to be ok in doing it alone respectively. That’s not an easy thing to do… to walk away from everything and just go for it. To risk your time, energy, bank account, career, quality time with family and go into the unknown. You become an explorer. I remember to this day the first piece of advice I gave to Palmer before leaving to Vegas for the first shoot… “You have to go to Vegas. Don’t let anything stop you. Never wait for anyone. Not me. Not anyone. Ultimately its all up to you.”
I was watching a recent cut of the film a few days ago with less than fresh eyes and as I went through the ups, downs, sideways and backwards of the incredible journey Greg took in making “Naked Las Vegas”, I began to think about the incredible journey which Palmer took as well making STRIPPED. I’m sure as he left for Vegas on that fateful first day, a lone driver in a red BMW packed with gear reaching into the unknown, he had no true idea of how his life would change forever in the coming months.
Although two men with creative vision committed to going it alone, in the end, both they and their creative visions took the journey together.