Bliss- Charles O’Rear

I have to confess; I don’t feel any particular affinity with this photograph outside of it’s usual context, which is of course Windows XP’s default desktop. I thought I would include the image though because it has had astronomical reach & is instantly recognisable by millions of people.

Taken by Charles O’Rear, near Napa Valley in California in 1996 – it’s a pretty enough landscape which is also bland enough to become synonymous with a ubiquitous piece of software.

I can’t help wondering what I’d think of the image if I came across it in a gallery – it doesn’t seem to me that it could ever be anything but a stock shot for something clinical, but it’s a good reminder that behind every image is a story.

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