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Image featured on Microsoft Windows 8 Photos App
Windows 8 photos app image by Will Austin Photography

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 6, 2013

I am very excited to announce another successful collaboration with the Microsoft Windows design team.  The team wanted a background image for the new Windows 8 photos app.  We shot in several locations – and I was hoping the new Seattle Great Wheel would be completed by my deadline so I could shoot there as well.  As it turned out, it was operational just in time, and when I went to shoot it the evening skies were especially beautiful.  They did end up choosing one of the wheel shots – here is the link to the app in the Microsoft Store.

Windows 8 photos app image by Will Austin Photography

I also had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with the incredible German artist Marius Bauer on a possible home screen image for Windows 8.  He took one of my images that was used for the Windows 7 wallpapers and reworked it in his signature style.  In the end it wasn’t chosen, but it was great working with Marius!  Marius explains the entire process here on his Behance site.

Marius Bauer Windows 8 lock screen illustration using a Windows 7 photo by Will Austin

Many thanks to the Windows team, Marius and his agent Ben, and everyone else involved!

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  1. Rob Tilley

    Congrats Will. You can’t get a better endorsement than working with Microsoft

  2. Will Austin

    Thanks Rob, hadn’t thought of that, but very happy to be in the game!