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M.A.S. INTERVIEWS A series on people you need to know

GRAY MALIN

Feature No. 1 November 14, 2012

Photographer dishes on his inspiration and one big announcement


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met Gray Malin at a dinner after the Biscuit opening. I must admit I was a huge fan of his photography beforehand and was anxious to meet him in person. At the dinner I was serendipitously placed next to him and his husband Jeff. Once we sat and filled our plates with queso and glasses with tequila the conversation started flowing. We bonded over being ‘Dallasites’ and our love for TexMex. He could not have been friendlier or more down to earth. I quickly became a fan of Gray, the person, not just Gray the photographer. He was open about everything from where he gets his inspiration to his next series. I found myself entranced in his photography stories and inspiring ‘go get ‘em’ attitude. He is well adapted to the “social world” as he also runs his own blog and creates videos that will have you watching until the very end.  He is one unforgettable and truly inspiring person. That is why I asked him to be the first muse on M.A.S. Interviews.


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Was Photography always your passion?

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I didn't discover photography until my junior year of high school. However, I was always drawn to imagery. In fact, my room growing up was

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covered wall to wall with Absolute Vodka advertisements. Clearly, it wasn't about the alcohol, but the amazing imagery that created the advertisements.

How old were you when you started taking pictures? Do you still have them?

A of my old work. It's a treasure to go through the

I started taking pictures when I was 15, and yes, I have all

images on a rainy day.

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Was there one event where you realized this was what you wanted to do the rest of your life?

I left my big corporate job at Paramount Pictures assisting the President when I had

the courage inside to follow my dreams. I felt that if I didn't give photography a chance, at least while I was young, I would never truly be happy.

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How did you develop your “voice?”

I started off shooting only in black and white, and my voice came naturally through the simple elements of a photograph: composition, shape, form, and symmetry. With time, it has grown and developed into creating various bodies of work. I primarily now shoot in color. Your aesthetic is always evolving as an artist.


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Where did you get your inspiration from shoots like Marfa or A La Plage?

Prada Marfa was inspired by a family trip to West Texas. Â

My sister threw a banana peel out of the window of our car on our way to see the Prada Marfa installation. It sparked a creative thought, and I photographed a banana peel on the highway in front of the store. When I got back to Los Angeles, I started brainstorming other humorous ideas to bring to life around the instillation (cowboys, models, and a mule).

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For A La Plage, A la Piscine, the inspiration stemmed from a trip I took with friends to Las Vegas. Our room was at the top of a very massive hotel, and we happened to have a birds eye view of the swimming pool below us. I took a photograph of the crowded scene that, with time, inspired the entire series. I choose my locations from inspirational imagery I come across on the web.

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Which picture are you most proud of? Do you hang them in your house?

I'm proud of all of my images. The A La Plage, A La Piscine series is very difficult to create. If you could imagine, countless exhausting hours of travel, followed by unpredictable

weather, and a shaking, door less helicopter ride. Every image is a challenge to achieve, and I'm proud of every one. Surprisingly, my work isn't covering the walls of my home. I do have a few pieces, but I also love to collect photography and art. GRAY MALIN


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Who/where is the one place or person you are dying to photograph?

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In February of next year, I will be shooting Africa and Asia, completing 6 of the 7 continents for the series. It's a bit of a stretch, but I would really like to shoot Antarctica, completing all 7 continents.

The videos on your blog are so addicting. Where did the vision come from?

The vision came from a friend who expressed to me the importance of connecting and relating to your audience. I want to take

the viewer with me on my journey as a photographer and as a young entrepreneur trying to grow a brand.

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What is  harder:  Being  in   front  of  the  camera  or   behind?    

Definitely behind.    However,  being  in  front  of  the   camera  is  new  to  me,  so  I’m  having  my  own   challenges.    But,  so  far,  it's  been  a  lot  of  fun.  


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Where do you see Gray Malin Photography headed in the next ten years?

I would  like  to   expand  into  the   lifestyle  and  home   decor  market.    I   also  foresee  a  few   coffee  table   books!    

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Do you have a favorite fashion blog?

I love  seeing  the  success  of  two  of  my  friends  who  have  fashion   blogs:  Jacey  Duprie  runs  Damsel  in  Dior  and  Bradley  Agather   runs  Luella  and  June.    Such  amazing  fashion  blogs.  MAS  is   becoming  a  favorite  though  too!  

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It is starting to get really cold. What are your three must haves for this winter?

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I adore men's Toggle Coats, navy or camel colored; a needlepoint belt; and a soft, colorful scarf.

My personal favorite!


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Lastly, you seem like someone who knows what they want and goes after it. What words of advice would you give other young, passionate people?

You have to remove your ego and be humble because in order to create something beautiful, you have to start as a tiny seed and plant yourself without the worries of what others may think.

Be sure  to  check  out  his  prints,  videos,  and  blog.   SEE  THE  NEXT  PAGE  FOR  THE  BIG   ANNOUNCEMENT!!!!    

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Gray malin is offering lucky facebook fan a print from his new series! All you need to do is go to his facebook page and hit like. Also, be sure to subscribe to his youtube page for future giveaway opportunities.

Trust me you want one of his prints!!!

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