Picture this: A mean cowboy walks into the room, doesn’t crack a smile throughout the entire process of photography. He’s a bold Mickey Rourke looking fella, except this guy is from the real Sin City. Greg Friedler, the photographer, tells the man to take off his clothes. The cowboy takes off his shirt and he’s got tits. Art.
The documentary footage in “Stripped” takes the long road through the desert on a long and exhausting journey to find and film some of the most interesting people in town nude. Friedlers’ journey through Vegas is going to change the slogan of “What happens here, stays here” to “It happened, and now the world knows how big your privates are.” Art.
The entertainment capital of the world had some of the strangest, yet amusing melting pot of people show up to have Friedler paint his picture in history. With the use of the camera, he really composed a vision of every human figure as one of a kind, and the body, regardless of how different it is, is still a work of art.
Friedler’s work in finding people, places and things to put in his 3rd photo album-style book about the beauty of the buff led him to Las Vegas and put his stamina to the test. For his New York photo book, he put out an ad to which 11 people responded. In Las Vegas, he had so many people arrive that they threw a party in his studio while waiting their turn to be viewed and posed by the artist.
Everything worked out successfully, and after watching the entire process of meeting the people, taking their photos both clothed and nude, looking at and comparing the pictures, to then seeing the results and the models reaction to their own shape, it was priceless.
The method of reality as opposed to reality television brought everything to life and down to earth. It was touching at some points, and light and airy at others, all while it captures Friedler’s hustle. The 78-minute production shows that it’s hard work to put a vision into being, and even harder work to turn it into a work of art.