Do you remember the photo that shows grassy hill and white clouded blue sky – the famous default wallpaper of Windows XP? It’s actually a real photo called ‘Bliss’ by Charles Chuck O’Rear in 1996.
STORY BEHIND THE ICONIC WALLPAPER – BLISS
Chuck O’Rear captured the iconic landscape in Sonoma County, California using a medium format camera while on his way to visit his girlfriend – and then sold it to Microsoft for an undisclosed sum.
It is one of the exemplary images that remained as the default wallpaper in different versions of Windows OS for over 16 years.
Moreover, it is also one of the most viewed photos in the history. As per the sources, nearly 1 billion people have viewed the famous Windows XP wallpaper.
BLISS GETS A SEQUEL
It’s been 21 years now, and Charles has captured three new photos for ‘next generation wallpapers’. In fact, they look just as blissful as the original ‘Bliss’.
Charles captured the photographs for his new project called the ‘New Angles of America‘ with Lufthansa directed towards smartphone users.
Describing how capturing image was life-changing, Charles told
I’m a firm believer that a picture can convey many things that words cannot. This is definitely true for XP’s iconic wallpaper ‘Bliss’. I am turning seventy-six and realize how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life. As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame.