Bugaboo has joined forces with internationally acclaimed photographer, Gray Malin to create a unique and special limited edition design. The collaboration see’s beautiful Bondi Beach bought to life in all it’s glory on a Bugaboo sun canopy.
The new Bugaboo by Gray Malin collaboration helps bring a little piece of the beach to people’s everyday lives and brings back memories of treasured holidays.
We wanted to hear from the man himself to learn more about the inspiration and process behind the new exciting collaboration with Bugaboo;
When did you discover your passion for photography?
I have loved photography ever since I was a child - I remember meticulously going through photo albums of my grandparents’ travels around the world and marveling at their impressive collection of old cameras. In high school, I delved into photography and I found the dark room, which quickly became an obsession of mine. I think this is where I really knew that I was passionate about photography, but never imagined I could turn it into a career. Although I moved to LA after college for a job in entertainment, I realized my photography was my heart and soul and I needed to give it a try professionally. I took classes from some amazing photographers and opened up a booth at a trendy flea market in West Hollywood where I found out that people actually wanted to purchase my art!
Where did the idea for your style come from?
It was a combination of good luck and a keen eye that led me to the beach aerial aesthetic - it all started at a top floor hotel room in Las Vegas where I looked below at the swimming pool filled with guests and it got my attention, so I snapped a photo. After sitting with the image for a few months, I ventured into a helicopter to see what other interesting patterns, shapes and colors I could see while photographing beaches from above. It didn’t take long to realize that the beach was my canvas and each unique scene was a work of art. Turns out that this was not only interesting to me, but it quickly gained popularity, becoming a crux of my business and brand.
Tell us about the collaboration with Bugaboo?
Bugaboo has been a brand that I’ve had my eye on for a while - the success of the branding and the program collaborating with top notch artists has been very interesting to watch over the past few years. I was amazed at Bugaboo’s ability to translate imagery and art onto stroller canopies without compromising the quality of product or the art. It has gotten so much incredible media attention and I’ve heard many testimonials from friends, even before we had the twins, on the high standard of the product. Having the twins has opened up many avenues in my brand, as I have organically wanted to start creating more family oriented products since it is relevant to my life. I knew Bugaboo was a brand I had to collaborate with!
Tell us about the choice of shot? Why Bondi Beach for this project?
Bondi Beach is a favourite of mine and truly one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. The bird’s eye view of this location never gets old to me and it has become a perfect symbol of my aerial beach images. The beautiful colours that speckle the beach are vibrant and there are a lot of details to take in, yet the image still makes you feel calm and nostalgic as it shows the interaction of the water and the shoreline. For this project it was the perfect choice because it makes a statement, wherever you may go with the stroller.
You’re a parent now. How is it?
Being a parent is one of the most, if not the most, rewarding thing that has happened to me. I love seeing my children grow and celebrating every single milestone...x2! Having twins has been especially wonderful as we get to see them play and interact with each other every step of the way. It absolutely enriches your life!
The unique limited edition Gray Malin print is available on the Bugaboo breezy sun canopy, making it the perfect summer accessory. It’s perfect for creative, design loving parents that brings the beauty of Australia to everyday life.