WHIM­SI­CAL WONDE R

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - THE BAZAAR MAN -

“Valet,” ‘Gray Malin at the Parker’ col­lec­tion

by Gray Malin Gray Malin takes us on a jour­ney through his imag­i­na­tion, shows us how he adds magic and quirk to ev­ery­day life.

By Sharmita Summugam

THE G R AY MAL I N PHO­TOGR APHY PH I LOS­O­PHY My style of pho­tog­ra­phy is colour­ful, whim­si­cal, and joy­ful. The mes­sage of the brand is def­i­nitely an in­clu­sive one. Ev­ery­one is welcome to join and share in the mo­ment, es­pe­cially with my beach and moun­tain fo­cused se­ries. I find those to be ex­tremely col­lec­tive in that it brings you to the masses who are all en­joy­ing the same ac­tiv­ity. The beach is the global com­mu­nal happy place, whether you’re in Santa Mon­ica, Cape Town, or Dubai.

CONCEPTUALI S I NG I D EAS Most of my ideas are pretty wild so they take time to re­search and ex­e­cute. How­ever, each con­cept ig­nites an in­cred­i­ble ad­ven­ture. The aerial se­ries such as À la Plage and À la Mon­tagne had no in­struc­tion ahead of time. I’m sim­ply fly­ing above these mo­ments and cap­tur­ing the ones that catch my at­ten­tion. Whereas for the Gray Malin at the Parker se­ries, I cer­tainly had very spe­cific shots in mind. I pretty much cre­ated an en­tire sto­ry­line ahead of time and cast the char­ac­ters for their roles.

“Dream,” ‘Dream’ se­ries by Gray Malin

ANOTHE R WOR LD Antarc­tica was the most ter­ri­fy­ing lo­ca­tion to shoot. It was such a dif­fi­cult se­ries to cap­ture given it's one of the most treach­er­ous places in the world. Each im­age is filled with com­pas­sion about the chang­ing land­scape of our earth, and the mul­ti­ple near-death ex­pe­ri­ences that I faced make it a body of work I still have a hard time as­sign­ing a price tag. How­ever, it is also the se­ries I am the most proud of ac­com­plish­ing.

B I RD’ S - E YE V I EW My first aerial con­cept be­gan with­out me know­ing it. I was on a ho­tel bal­cony and I had a bird’s-eye view di­rectly onto the swimming pool be­low. It was packed with peo­ple and the sun was light­ing it up beau­ti­fully. I just loved how play­ful the per­spec­tive was. Six months later, I was at the Art Basel in Mi­ami and asked a bunch of ho­tels if I could go on their roofs to pho­to­graph their pools. When they said no, I found a he­li­copter rental ser­vice in the Mi­ami area. I started shoot­ing the swimming pools again, and then no­ticed the uni­form pat­terns of the chairs and um­brel­las on the beach from above. Al­most in­stantly, I be­came drawn to that.

FAR AND AWAY I re­cently went to Bhutan to shoot a pro­ject around the idea of hap­pi­ness which de­buts this month. I used bal­loons and colour­ful tas­sels to rep­re­sent the iconic prayer flags that blow in the wind all over the coun­try.

“Bondi Beach,” ‘À la Plage’ col­lec­tion by Gray Malin

“Swan Ice Bridge,” ‘Antarc­tica: The White Con­ti­nent’ col­lec­tion by Gray Malin

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