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Friday Favourites

We love a beautiful photography book and the latest to be added to our Christmas list is The Secret Life of the Pencil, a new book by Mike Tinney (photographer) and Alex Hammond (designer) that pays homage to the humble pencil and some of its greatest achievements.


What originally started as a photography project where the pair took ‘portraits’ of pencils used by creative professionals (including the likes of Thomas Heatherwick, Sir Paul Smith and Anish Kapoor) has now been compiled into a book. Here’s an idea of what you’ll find inside…





You can find out more on and order your copy here (we originally found the story and images on Fubiz).

Black & White

Our Favourite Instagrammer this week is Jason Peterson, whose Instagram is full of stunning, evocative black and white photography…






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You can follow Jason @jasonmpeterson – we found him on My Modern Met.

Light Paintings

We’ve featured the work of photographer Vitor Schietti on Friday Favourites before, and this week we came across his Esculturas Impermanentes series – “light paintings” set to a backdrop of Brazilian landscapes.





We found these on Fubiz and you can see more work of Vitor’s work at

Famous Photography

When you think of famous photographers, the name “Charles O’Rear” probably doesn’t spring to mind. So you might be surprised to know that one of his photos is probably the most viewed photo in the world, estimated at over 1 billion views. The photograph in question is one he took in 1996 in California’s Sonoma County, and it ended up being used by Microsoft as wallpaper for Windows XP users. Do you recognise it?

Image by Charles O'Rear

“Bliss” wallpaper image by Charles O’Rear.

Fast forward to today, and Charles (also know as Chuck) has been commissioned by Lufthansa for a project called New Angles of America, shooting new photographs of American landscapes to be used as smartphone wallpapers. The project has been neatly captured in the short film below:

Peek-A-Boo Slot (Utah) by Charles O'Rear for

Peek-A-Boo Slot (Utah) by Charles O’Rear for New Angles of America.

You can find out more and see the full set of photographs on the project website and at Bored Panda – special thanks to Helena for sharing the story with us.

Apple Music

Still on the technology theme, Jason shared this AdWeek article on the new visual (and sonic) identity for Apple Music, which “packs a killer beat-drop and lush imagery”. Built around the brand’s musical note icon, each frame references different genres and artists – how many can you spot?

Go Fish!

To end this week’s Friday Favourites, a lovely little story on Nerdist about Kevin Holmes’ homemade 3D “fish eating fish” zoetrope, which you can see in action in the film below:

Thanks to Jade for sharing, we’ll be back next week with our next batch of favourites.


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Friday Favourites