The Story Behin The Most-Viewed Photo – Windows XP “Bliss” Background
One of the most famous wallpaper images is undoubtedly the default Windows XP image showing a blissfully relaxing vista of green rolling hills and a bluer than blue sky. The wallpaper, probably one of the most viewed images of all time. It has reportedly been viewed by over 1 billion people since it first emerged in 2002. The image was shot by the side of a highway by professional photographer Charles O’Rear using a medium format camera. He worked as staff photographer for National Geographic for more than 25 years and who sold this image to Microsoft more than ten years ago.
The photo was taken in 1996, years before Windows XP launched, and before the area was converted into a vineyard. In fact, a photo taken 10 years later from exactly the same spot where Bliss was shot, shows a disappointingly, dreary view:
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