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Latest & Greatest

Brand New: BHUTAN. LAND OF HAPPINESS.

Hi Everyone,

Today, I am beyond HAPPY to share with you my brand new series BHUTAN: LAND OF HAPPINESS which will be the latest addition to The Private Collection - a special section of our website that features work shot in some of the most exotic locations around the world.

Below are highlights from the series but before scrolling through them too quickly, please take a minute to understand how incredibly difficult this body of work was to create! For example, getting helium in Bhutan was unheard of-- it had to be driven across the border of India and required a huge effort in advance planning with Customs to achieve! Also, each balloon design and pattern you see below was pre-conceptualized and designed by me with the help of my friends at Drop it Modern.

Make sure to watch our behind the scenes video below created in partnership with Le Meridien- It will surly make all of these images far more interesting!

Bhutan: Land of Happiness

Nestled in the Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan is a destination that few people will ever be able to visit, yet it is  a  place  that  defines  a  belief  shared  by  all:  happiness. The Bhutanese believe happiness is  achieved  by being content  in one's  surroundings  and  everyday  life  without the aid of material  possession  and  monetary gain. This point of view differs greatly from the Western mentality and challenges its people, and for that matter the world to dig deeper in the search of lifelong happiness rather than looking to fleeting elements that might bring joy only for a short period of time.

Bhutan: Land of Happiness

Predominately a Buddhist nation, the picturesque raw landscape is filled with thousands of prayer flags that blow and hum in the wind— carrying the wishes of the people up to the spirits above.

Gray Malin - Bhutan Gray Malin - Bhutan Behind the Scenes

Gray Malin - Bhutan Behind the Scenes

As I unveil this brand new series, I am also celebrating it as my latest installment in the Follow Me partnership with Le Méridien Resort Hotels and Resorts. This photo series launches in conjunction with the opening of their second hotel in the Kingdom of Bhutan, Le Méridien Paro, Riverfront.

Bhutan: Land of Happiness

Gray Malin - Bhutan Behind the Scenes

Follow Me is a multi-faceted global art collaboration that represents my 24-hour visual journey to inspiring destinations from Palm Springs to Bhutan, and you're invited along with Le Méridien guests to Follow Me. Check out this video Le Méridien created while on set in this beautiful country for some Behind the Scenes moments.

 

One of my favorite images from the series is entitled, Enchantment. You cannot even imagine how amazing it was to have these monks become enchanted by the balloons and kindly step in and pose for the shot! I don't know if there is any image like this of its kind...

Bhutan: Land of Happiness

I personally love the peacefulness this photograph evokes as the monks turn their heads to the sky and enjoy the balloons hovering above them.

But! The true magic was caught behind the scenes when something very rare, yet incredible happened...

Gray Malin - Bhutan Behind the Scenes

they smiled....and I smile to this day just thinking about this moment (monks rarely smile!).

The people in Bhutan from the children to the monks to the Le Méridien staff were all so kind and joyful to be around. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to meet them all.

They had never seen balloons with helium before so it really made their day!

Gray Malin - Bhutan Behind the Scenes

I hope you all find as much Merriment from BHUTAN: LAND OF HAPPINESS as I did!

Gray Malin - Bhutan

Thank you for Following Me! And, an extra special thank you to our friends at Le Meridien Paro, Riverfront  and Le Meridien Thimphu for helping to bring this collection to life

xx

GM

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