M.A.S. INTERVIEWS A series on people you need to know
Feature No. 1 November 14, 2012
Photographer dishes on his inspiration and one big announcement
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.
Was Photography always your passion?
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
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
Who/where is the one place or person you are dying to photograph?
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.
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!
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?
I adore men's Toggle Coats, navy or camel colored; a needlepoint belt; and a soft, colorful scarf.
My personal favorite!
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!!!!
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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