It was a regular Friday afternoon in 1996 when photographer Charles O’Rear took the drive through California’s wine country to see his then-girlfriend Daphne. Bliss, meanwhile, has gone on to become one of the world’s most iconic photographs, chosen as the default wallpaper of Microsoft’s operating system.
Despite what many people might think, the original frame of Bliss was completely unaltered and unedited by Chuck when he submitted it to Corbis, the stock photo and image licensing service founded by Bill Gates in 1989.
"I think it’s going to be around forever," he says. "When you are 90 years old, somewhere a photograph like Bliss will appear and you will say ‘I remember that. When we had computers on our desk, that was on the screen’. Anywhere on this planet right now, if you stop somebody on the street and you show somebody that photograph, they’re going to say ‘I’ve seen that somewhere, I recognise that’.”
Today, Bliss looks very different to how it did in the late 1990s.
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