Dallas native and current West Hollywood resident Gray Malin likes hanging out the side of doorless helicopters. Daredevil? Perhaps. Edgy, passionate photographer with an affinity for beauty on the beach? Absolutely. A graduate of Emerson College in 2007, young Gray is busy making quite the name for himself, flying over beaches and documenting the sun-loving populations of seashores worldwide—from Venice and Malibu, California, to the Caribbean, Australia, and Portugal. So far, he’s shot images for his A La Plage collection on four of the seven continents. But it’s not just the deepening tonalities of the azure water he’s capturing—his interest is in the earthbound souls who, like moths to a flame, flock to enjoy the rich sun, warm sand, and promise of relaxation.
Gray’s work has been exhibited in galleries in California and Texas (thus far), and fans and collectors can find his work on his website MaisonGray.com. (With Shark Week coming up soon, I can’t help but wonder how much sea life he’s captured from this view …)
[quote] Once you take off, your heart’s fluttering and it’s an amazing feeling. When I get up in the air and start looking down on those beautiful beaches and pools, I begin to start seeing the world as art. Each geographic location is made up by the beautiful, vibrant patterns of many things, such as beach towels, surfboards, and umbrellas, all of which create repetition of shape and form. As you begin to take a closer look at each candid image and study the interaction of people, you begin to find entertainment in what’s going on.” [/quote]