Creator of world’s most-viewed photograph in Windows XP has made some 'sequels'

(Foto: newanglesofamerica.com)

It’s the most-viewed photograph in human history, although many of us barely noticed it was there – the sunny Californian landscape in the background of Windows XP.

The photograph, entitled Bliss, was taken in 1996 by photographer Charles O’Rear, who shot it on Sonoma Highway in California.

It’s been viewed by a billion people, and O’Rear has now made a set of free screen saver landscapes for phones in his own unique style.

Most popular on Yahoo News UK

Mysterious booms are being heard around the world – and experts are baffled
Photo bought for £7 at flea market ‘shows Billy the Kid and could be worth millions’
Woman raises over $100,000 for homeless veteran who gave her his last $20 when she was stranded
Shop worker turns tables on knife-wielding robber by flashing her own blade
Notorious MS-13 gang decapitates man and cuts out his heart in Maryland

O’Rear said, ‘I am turning 76 and realise how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life.’

Charles O’Rear

‘As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame.’

Charles O’Rear (Oct 11, 2017)

His New Angles of America collection is also based on American landmarks, and the images are free to download at NewAnglesofAmerica.com.

‘Smartphones have become the primary place for the world to see new and interesting photography and I’m glad to be part of it.’

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes