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Favorite Images of 2019

By Will Austin

Will Austin’s award-winning photography has taken him around the world. Although he regularly does editorial work, Will specializes in documenting cutting-edge architecture and industrial workplaces. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and son, but hails from Colorado cowboy country.

January 14, 2020

I’m finally writing a new blog post after a long hiatus – it’s good to be back!  I’ve been very busy with photo assignments and teaching the last few years, and my photo adventures have taken me across the US, and to Asia, Mexico and Europe. Posting to social media has taken a back seat.  But as I sit in my office looking out at the fresh Seattle snowfall, I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite shots from 2019. 

So here is a massive photo post – yes I pared these down from a list of 66 so it could be longer….

This past spring I was able to spend some time shooting The Oculus among other awesome New York buildings. For me, New York City is photo heaven, every block is full of interesting angles, light and street life. I also had fun testing my new Ricoh GR II camera which I used along with my trusty Fuji X kit.

Beautiful photo of the Oculus in New York
People walking by The Oculus in New York
The Oculus
Nighttime photograph of Upper Manhattan
Uptown Manhattan from the One World Trade Center
The Vessel and skyscrapers at Hudson Yards in New York
Hudson Yards
Falafel stand in the rain with taxis in New York near Central Park
Falafel stand in a heavy rainstorm

Architecture images for clients.

Home designed by Syndicate Smith Leavenworth, WA
Home designed by Lane Williams Architects, Seattle, WA
Home designed by Click Architects, Seattle, WA
Tacoma Museum of Glass
Tacoma Museum of Glass

We had a really fun and relaxing trip to Singapore and Bali. Two amazing but very different places, mystical Bali really won us over.

Rice fields at sunrise, Canggu, Bali
Rice fields in Canggu
Monkey mother and baby in Bali Sacred Monkey Forest
Sacred Monkey Forest
Surfers and waves at sunset in Bali near Canggu
Surfer on wave near Uluwatu Bali
Bali is surfing paradise
Kecak fire dancers in Ubud, Bali
Kecak Fire Dance – sample audio
Hindu priest ringing bell at a temple in Bali
Tirta Empul Temple Hindu Priest

Another year with beautiful celestial events + summer camping trips in the wild areas of Washington State.

January 2019 lunar eclipse as seen from Seattle, WA USA
Lunar Eclipse
Burned tree at Alta Lake State Park, WA USA
Burned Tree Portrait, Alta Lake
Puget sound view at Larrabee State Park in Washington State
Larrabee State Park

It was very loud when I shot these images + 80 mph winds under the helicopter!

Erickson Air Crane
Air Crane
Worker using a cutting torch to cut steel on a barge
Cutting torch
Grumman P-47D Thunderbolt aircraft in flight, Everett, WA USA
P-47D Thunderbolt

Some of my favorite “people” shots, the first one is my awesome niece posing as a construction boss.

Construction site, child posing as boss with hard hat
“The Boss” on a Westerbeck Architecture project
Ballet dancer and baby
Laura Tisserand – Pacific Northwest Ballet
TTV photography portrait
TTV Portrait
Canoe journey Suquamish, WA USA
Suquamish Canoe Journey Hosting
Beautiful woman in the Fremont Solstice Parade
Fremont Solstice Parade
Mike Kunnen of Seattle Historic Window using a planer
Mike of Seattle Historic Window Company for Seattle Met

And a few of Seattle, my beautiful home base in the Pacific Northwest

Sunset, airplane and Mount Rainier as seen from Elliott Bay in Seattle, WA USA
Mount Rainier from Elliott Bay
Terminal 86 grain elevator and ship at sunset
Terminal 86 Grain Elevator
Ballard Locks, interior view
Inside the Ballard Locks during repair work
Downtown seattle as seen from the now demolished Highway 99 viaduct
View of downtown Seattle from the recently demolished Highway 99 Viaduct
The great Seattle wheel at night with colorful lights
Unusual view of the Seattle Great Wheel

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  1. Erv Sandlin

    Beautiful images, Will! Thanks for sharing. And good to have you blogging again.

    • Will Austin

      Hey thanks Erv!

  2. Syl & John

    Beautiful collection of photos!!! Well done Will!!!

    • Will Austin

      Thanks! Sometimes I feel like I’m not getting great shots only to find some gems by the end of the year.

  3. Rob Tilley

    Great images as always Will. I especially like the Seattle Great Wheel image. Hope you have a great 2020.

    • Will

      Thanks Rob, always inspired by your yearly images, this time I made a gallery too. Happy 2020!

  4. Christine Shaaban

    Good to hear from you.
    What a year you’ve had! The first picture of the Occulus is sensational.
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Will

    Thanks Christine! I have so many Oculus photos, it was hard to choose… Wishing you the best for 2020.