It’s the Photographer, Not the Place: the Story behind ‘Bliss’

I’m picking this up from my favorite photography blog, Mike Johnston’s The Online Photographer.  I do like short videos of photographers talking about their work and getting a particular shot, in this case the famous home screen shot for Windows XP.

What strikes me even more about this video is the fact that it underscores that good photography takes a special eye. Here is an enduring image that was taking on a stretch of road in California that thousands of motorists pass by every day.

After the photograph became famous, people thought it was Photoshopped, that it didn’t exists. But in reality, all that had happened was for Charles O’Rear to observe the scenery, stop his car and capture the moment for eternity. It’s not the place, it’s the photographer.


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