Renowned photographer Gray Malin embarked on an extraordinary journey to the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, a trip that culminated in the creation of breathtaking aerial images that encapsulate the essence of Tequila Don Julio‘s iconic agave fields. Fusing his passion for aerial photography with the deep-rooted connection that brand founder Don Julio González held for his land, Gray embarked on a quest to capture the soul of this revered tequila label in a series titled, the “Agave Series”. To celebrate this iconic collaboration, Tequila Don Julio x Gray Malin held a wonderful event in Southampton and we had the pleasure of attending.
Setting the stage for an enchanting spectacle, Gray (pictured below in sage green) conceived a masterful visual narrative. He intricately positioned custom-designed umbrellas amidst traditionally attired jimadors, symbolic of the enduring legacy woven into the fabric of one of Mexico’s most cherished tequila brands. The resulting aerial photographs not only showcased the picturesque beauty of the agave fields but also paid homage to the brand’s cultural heritage.
“I’ve loved Tequila Don Julio for a long time so it was an honor to capture their stunning agave fields where the tequila-making process all begins,” shares Gray Malin. “This was my first time shooting work above this type of landscape and I was mesmerized by the geometric rows of the teal agave contrasted against the red soil. Experiencing the fields from this perspective, and the care that goes into each plant to produce every bottle, is immensely impressive, it’s an art in itself.”
Now, enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the world of Tequila Don Julio from the comfort of their own homes, courtesy of Gray Malin’s artistry. The captivating aerial images are available for purchase as prints or framed pieces, ranging from small to oversized dimensions, on Gray’s official website, www.GrayMalin.com. Each image serves as a visual gateway, inviting viewers to experience the harmonious fusion of art and heritage.
For those seeking a more interactive encounter, the Hamptons pop-up promises to bring the images to life in an immersive and engaging manner. This August, guests will have the exclusive opportunity to step into the realms of both Gray Malin and Tequila Don Julio, delving into the heart of their artistic collaboration.
“In the same way that Tequila Don Julio revolutionized the tequila category, Gray Malin has paved the way in photography with his signature aerial style and celebration of beautiful destinations all over the world,” shares Stacey Cunningham, Director of Tequila Don Julio. “Gray creates for the love of it, just as Don Julio González did, and this partnership is a celebration of just that – creating Por Amor.”
To elevate the experience further, Gray’s artistic journey harmonizes with the joys of summer, you can savor this with the ‘Malin Margarita’ – an official cocktail recipe – as you revel in the beauty of your own surroundings. The allure of sipping a Margarita while gazing upon the stunning visuals underscores the immersive nature of Gray Malin’s photographic legacy, where the realms of art, culture, and nature seamlessly intertwine. The delicious libation recipe is below:
1.5 oz Tequila Don Julio Blanco
.75 oz Fresh Pineapple Juice
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Agave Syrup
4 Sage Leaves
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice into a rock glass. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and enjoy!