If you've been using Instagram for any period of time, you've probably seen one of photographer Gray Malin's photographs. His bright, summery images—which include his signature aerial beach shots—have gained him more than half a million followers on that platform, and he's collaborated with brands like Sperry, Supergoop sunscreen, Away luggage, Nest New York candles, Splendid, Illesteva sunglasses and Compartes chocolate.
Now, in his latest series, the California-based Malin has turned his eye to Florida's Gulf Coast. It's a natural fit: our turquoise waterways and white-sand beaches mirror his aesthetic, and he has ties to the area, too. "I loved seeing the Gasparilla Inn from above, since I grew up spending time there with my family during the holidays," he says. "The memories came flooding back when I saw the patterned umbrellas from the air."
Malin adds that over the years, his followers have requested photos of our region, too. "There are so many beautiful towns along the coast beloved by so many people," he says. "I ended up with so many images from this shoot to add to my aerial collection."
The series spans Tampa to Naples, and Malin's photos of Sarasota-Manatee include Siesta Key Beach, Lido Beach, Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Stump Pass.
Aside from visiting at Gasparilla Inn as a kid, Malin says he'd never spent much time on the Gulf Coast. "I was surprised at how many coastal towns there were to include," he says. "I also felt this coast was very different from the East Coast of Florida—much more serene and relaxing."
He adds that he hopes the images bring a sense of escapism and joy to people who see them, no matter where they live.
"Travel is such a special part of life," he says. "I love how an image has the ability to transport you just by looking at it, which is really meaningful to me."
You can purchase prints of Malin's Florida Gulf Coast series at graymalin.com. Prints are signed by the artist and printed on premium archival luster paper. They're available in small, medium and large sizes. Prices range from $249-$2,499.