Time is delineated across a strip of desert tar. Two men, from times of yore, wonder what souvenirs they might desire. But the store is shuttered, shopping season is over. And gentlemen remove their hats in the presence of such beauty. This image was taken by celebrated photographer Gray Malin in May of 2009, in the wildly popular arts town of Marfa, West Texas. In 2005, two artists teamed up with Prada to create their perfect "hyper-commercialism" vision of a free standing stylish boutique. Once filled with purses and shoes, the doors were sealed, never to be reopened again. With no access to the public, it seems that the purpose was to build not just a chic shop, but a fashionable objet d'art.
A Dallas native, Gray Malin hunts the globe for the unusual beauty captured in his photographs. He often plays with perspective through height, helicoptering over the beaches of Brazil or Kauai and sending balloons above the mystical plains of Joshua Tree National Park. Malin first broke onto the scene in West Hollywood, California at a Sunday market where his prints caught the interest of gallery owners, interior designers, and stylish Angelenos. Malin's work has been displayed in the Dallas Museum of Art and has been published around the world in publications such as the London Observer.