Gray Malin: the young, must-follow photographerTuesday 16 February 2016
To create the perfect photographic moment, to make people happy and give them a sense of escapism and wonder...these are the reasons that Gray Malin, one of the world's most famous aerial photographers, does what he does. With his colorful and perfectly captured shots, the young photographer mostly shoots beaches and pools around the world. Here's his life in photos:
Dive into "A la plage" ("At the Beach")
"Seeing our planet from the window of a helicopter has helped me appreciate beauty"
Gray Malin lives in West Hollywood, not far from Malibu Beach, and is constantly surprised by the waves and the colors of the parasols against the sand and blue sea. His favorite place to take photographs is from aboard a helicopter! In his opinion, there's nothing quite like it for seeing "color, light, shapes and happiness". He explains, "Seen from above, a simple beach or pool transforms into a white canvas, on which art can occur. People and objects become patterns, creating repetition in shapes. At each destination I've shot, on every continent, I've seen that people's love for water is a universal experience, and that it gives them a sense of freedom. Seeing our planet from the window of a helicopter has helped me appreciate beauty."
Zoom in on "Aqua Glam"
What if the 1950s had never ended? This is what Gray Malin wondered to himself while immortalizing a dozen water nymphs by the Anneberg swimming pool, built in the 1920s in Santa Monica. His priority, as usual, was a quest for estheticism.
Through the use of synchronized swimmers, Malin brought structure and incredible colors to his photos. For the shoot he chose to hire the Aqualilies, the famous synchronized swimmers from Los Angeles. "I chose synchronized swimming because it combines the idea of escaping for a day at the pool with vintage, Old Hollywood glamour - two of my favorite subjects" he explains. It became a considerable success for the artist who would love to "make every day a getaway."
See all of Gray Malin's work on his website here: www.graymalin.com