If you’ve ever scrolled through a wanderlust or travel hashtag on Instagram, the odds are pretty good that you’ve come across one of Gray Malin’s pictures. The photographer, best known for his colorful, aerial views of seascapes and beaches, has developed quite the impressive following—with multiple books to his name and over 300,000 followers.
So it was a bit of serendipity that the iconic Italian house of Bvlgari would release their newest men’s scent — Man Wood Neroli — inspired by the wild plants, trees, and flowers one would encounter along the coast of Italy. Malin has spent the past six years traveling throughout the country, turning his lens onto the brilliant landscapes of the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Tuscany, Sicily, and beyond. “The scent reminds me of the sunny days I spent along the Italian coast,” Malin says. “It complements my visual memory of my time there.”
To commemorate both the launch of the fragrance and Malin’s latest photo book (aptly titled Italy), we asked the photographer about his travel tips and capturing that perfect shot.
“I wholeheartedly love Italy. I am inspired by each and every part of it, from its stunning coastline to the bustling cities, and of course, its rich culture and influence in all things La Dolce Vita. However, for this book I chose to really focus on the Italian Coast as I feel that the atmosphere, scenery, and lifestyle is beyond compare. Though I’ve shot many areas, for the book I wanted to focus on Lake Como, Amalfi Coast, Puglia, Capri, Tuscany, Cinque Terre, Sicily and Portofino.”
“This book is comprised of images from my series, La Dolce Vita. La Dolce Vita was inspired by the glamourous Italian lifestyle that mesmerized the world during the 1950s. These photographs are shot in a more documentary style that is different than my other work. I wanted to capture and represent the opulence that the Italian Riviera once represented and portray the luxury of the Italian coast.”
“Over the six years that I travelled from Los Angeles to Italy to create this series, I experienced numerous magical memories. What made it so special was that I got to roadtrip across the country and really experience the country in a more authentic or intimate way. I haven’t even road tripped across America, so it was really special to experience this many parts of Italy!”