This photographer dangles out of helicopters to capture stunning aerial photos of beaches around the world

Gray Malin/Multicolor Umbrellas, Italy

The INSIDER Summary:

  • Gray Malin takes aerial beach photos while dangling out of doorless helicopters.
  • He looks for mesmerizing geometric patterns that umbrellas and beach chairs create from above.
  • He hopes his photos evoke joy and adventure wherever they’re displayed.

When Gray Malin took an aerial photo of a pool from a Las Vegas hotel window, something about the way the umbrellas and swimmers were spread across its surface sparked an idea. 

He’s since developed this idea into a signature style. With the help of a doorless helicopter and a harness, he travels the world to photograph pristine shorelines dotted with colorful umbrellas and sprawling beach-dwellers.

His 236,000 Instagram followers can’t get enough of the sparkling waves, golden sands, and colorful beach accessories that define his work  — so much so that he now designs beach accessories of his own, decorated with his images.

INSIDER spoke to Malin via email about how he manages to get the perfect shots while flying through the air at 100 miles per hour.

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Gray Malin is a photographer based in West Hollywood, California.

In his series “À la Plage” (French for “to the beach”), Malin photographs beaches around the world from above.

For the latest addition to his series, he visited beaches in Australia and Italy.

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