Metro is delighted to be involved in a unique photographic project in celebration of the humble pencil. ‘The Secret Life of the Pencil’ by creative design and photographic team Mike Tinney
and Alex Hammond
takes an inspired look beyond the obvious exterior of the modest stylus.
The pleasure of a freshly sharpened pencil or frustration of a shattered lead could be something the touch-screen generation of today will never experience. This photographic project seeks to savour the use of pencils – documenting them in stunning detail, showing the secrets of their use and revealing an insight into their users: professionals who have defined themselves and their craft with its use.
This collection of some sixty beautifully detailed and crafted pencil images portray this simple but iconic item with contributions from artists, photographers, designers and actors including Paul Smith
, Stephen Fry
, Sir James Dyson
, Christopher Reid
and Nick Park
amongst many others. The images link back to some of the 20th and 21st centuries’ greatest illustrations, buildings, artworks, photographs, products, make-up designs, graphics, novels, poems, fashion, cartoons and even films.
Metro has produced 15 framed limited edition prints for the online charity auction which opens on 19th May in support of Children in Crisis, plus over 50 exhibition prints produced on a variety of medium including metallic papers, Giclée papers
, prints to aluminium using our Direct to Media printer
, C type matt prints
and prints reverse Perspex mounted to aluminium.
Additionally prints will be available to buy through the Paul Smith flagship shop in Oxford Street, made possible utilising Metro’s plug-in print sales tool