Gray Malin‘s Dream Series collection brings one on a surreal journey through a brightly colored dream world composed of technicolored sheep. Malin’s new series strives to emphasize individuality amongst a figurative herd. To shoot this series, Malin traveled to rural Australia where he worked with a family of third-generation sheep farmers. The colors you see were not digitally infused, but rather were organically applied.
The sheep farmers professionally misted each sheep using a safe vegetable base, rinseable dye to give each a bright color. Digging into his out-of-the-box of creativity, the fanciful concept comes from a story Malin once read; having to do with a Scottish sheep farmer who colored the fleece of his flock to ward off thieves.”Clicking through the surreal images of bright red sheep grazing in green pastures ignited a vision that lingered in my mind for seven years,” says Malin.
“Through the transformation of these otherwise white creatures into a rainbow of color, I hope to spark an idea; that we are all individuals, and should not be afraid to bare out true colors, dare to dream and shine for all to see,” he further explained.
The Los Angeles-based photographer’s efforts resulted in a vividly surreal herd of multicolored sheep grazing on Australian farmlands. But this whole exercise is not just a creative photographer’s whim. It is in fact hoped that this Dream Series will help to raise awareness and money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation in LA.
A percentage of the proceeds from the series will benefit the Foundation. In their mission statement the foundation aims to “grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. The non-profit is dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true. Gray Malin will be donating 20% of all sales from the Dream Series to the Make-a-Wish Greater Los Angeles to help foster the wishes of children who dream their ultimate dreams, helping to make them a reality.”
See Malin’s work along with his other cause oriented endeavors over at his website.