It’s not that Gray Malin doesn’t like shopping for clothes. He’s just usually busy shooting photos from 500-2,500 feet. Since he became a Trunk Club member, Gray has spent more time planning trips and less time wondering what to pack. We recently had a chance to catch up with the photographer while he was in between shoots.
When you were just starting as an independent photographer, you quit your job assisting the president of Paramount Pictures to sell photos at the Melrose Fairfax Flea Market in Los Angeles. How did that experience shape your photography?
About one year into my job at Paramount, I realized that everyone in my office was so passionate about film, and my passion was still in photography. I gave my notice and for one year I put my work up in a 10-by-10 tent every Sunday. During that time I met some incredible people—gallery owners, film directors, interior designers, and people that are friends to this day—who really helped me solidify the thought that I want my photos to become “the destination your walls have been waiting for,” as I like to say. It’s photography that’s meant to strike conversation and inspire from within the home. When I stopped selling at the flea market, I launched an online platform to sell my work on a larger level.