Working in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square offers plenty of gorgeous brick buildings and bad roads – both are great for photos after a pacific northwest rain storm. After being inspired by amazing reflection photos from a photographer friend named Lloyd, I decided to spend a couple lunch hours walking around town, venturing down new streets, and wandering into a world of reflections.

We’re all reflections of the lives we lead.


There’s a local adage that goes, “People in Seattle don’t tan, they rust.” There’s something to that saying as the photos you’ll see below are the combination of water and various reds – brick or rust, who’s to know.

All of these photos were shot on my Samsung Galaxy S10. The same filter was applied to each photo – the phone’s default “auto” filter.

Pioneer Square Photos

The Smith Tower

The Smith Tower, completed in 1914, is the oldest skyscraper in Seattle and was the tallest building on the west coast for nearly half a century until the Space Needle overtook it in 1962.

Seattle Alleys

Unlike much of the downtown area, Pioneer Square still boasts some grungy, bricked, undulating, alley ways. They are wonderful red corridors offering photographers unique backdrops and sketchy company.

Seattle Viaduct

Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct was an elevated freeway that ran north-south along the city’s waterfront for 2.2 miles. It’s been mesmerizing observing the demolition teams pulverize the concrete until it cracks and falls to the street below. First they removed the upper road deck, then used what resembled giant metal pincers to remove the girders and crossbeams, and finally the columns.

The 6-month project has opened sweeping views of the Puget Sound as well as new opportunities for Seattle street photographers. Here are a few “new” views.

My Reflections

The most value lesson I learn whilst walking the streets helped my attitude more than my photography. Learning to see beautiful buildings, epic skylines, and autumn colors, meant I had to stop seeing inconvenient puddles and start recognizing the gorgeous portraits made by water and light.

It’s really just a metaphor for a better way of living. I need to stop seeing the natural cycle of life as an encumbrance, or obstacle to pass, and start seeing the beautify gifts we’re constantly surrounded by.