Gray Malin‘s ‘Dream Series’ epitomizes its title: the American photographer takes the viewer on a vivid and strangely surreal journey to the rolling pastures of Australian farm country, where he has photographed a fantasy-inducing flock of vibrantly-colored sheep. The concept for the whimsical collection references a story Malin once read about a Scottish sheep farmer, who colored the fleece of his flock in an effort to deter 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” Malin recalls.
With careful consideration, Malin consulted with veterinarians and third-generation farmers regarding the use of an all-natural vegetable-based color treatment for the sheep, which could be easily rinsed off with water. The purple, pink and cyan candy-colored tonalities chosen for each furry creature allows them to adopt a distinct personality, as Malin describes:
“‘my ‘Dream Series’ portrays the sheep as individuals – in some instances becoming a rainbow of color. This series represents the individuality of all living things, and highlights the importance of following one’s own personal dreams.”