Cult-favorite landscape photographer Gray Malin makes his mark on Chicago with a new series honoring the Windy City. Here, he shares the makings of his wall-worthy art, from dynamic locations to wanderlust in overdrive.
“Lake Michigan Boats” by Gray Malin is part of his new Chicago series of photographs.
What drew you to Chicago as the subject of your latest aerial images? Throughout the years, I’ve always loved shooting aerials of Chicago and the surrounding areas. It is fascinating because although it is known for its harsh winters, during the summer the culture completely changes. Crowds flock to the shores of the lake, almost emulating a beach culture of umbrellas, sunbathing and masses of people enjoying the waterfront. I don’t think it’s something most people think about, so I wanted to capture both the well- known landmarks of the concrete jungle and the other elements of the Illinois beauty.
What was your favorite locale to photograph? I loved shooting the Lake Michigan sailboats. The colors were such a wonderful surprise, and the geometric shapes that emerged from the way they were stored was very appealing to me.
The most surprising? Oak Street Beach—it’s wild to see so many people at this beach!
Your images bring wanderlust to our walls. Where are you dreaming of escaping? I’m dreaming of escaping over international waters... to Capri! This is a favorite for me and my husband, and I can’t wait to enjoy an espresso or a cocktail on the Amalfi coast someday in the future.
What’s your go-to fun, unexpected spot for art in the home? I’m loving the art in our mud room/laundry room in our summer house on Lake Michigan! Although the room serves a sort of boring purpose, the art always cheers me up and brightens up the space—even when I’m folding laundry for us and our kids.
Photography by: Gray Malin