Sequels seem to be the flavour of the season for films in Bollywood as well as Hollywood. From Tiger Zinda Hai and ABCD 3 to Pitch Perfect 3 and The Incredibles 2. These sequels breathe a new life into old franchises and also allow the makers to latch onto the popularity enjoyed by the original. Now, it seems like the trend of sequels has trickled over to the humble Windows wallpaper – Bliss. The iconic wallpaper, shot by National Geographic photographer Chuck O’Rear, had remained the default wallpaper of Windows XP for 16 long years (until the launch of a new operating system) and even went on to become the most-viewed image in the world. Now, Chuck is back with three new next-generation wallpapers for Lufthansa in a project titled ‘New Angels of America’, as a sequel to the ‘Bliss’ photo.

Lufthansa, on its website, writes: ‘His (Chuck O’Rear’s) life work, the peaceful desktop background image Bliss, has been seen on computer screens everywhere from Nepal to the White House… But this time it’s for a screen we use more than 264 times a day on average: the smartphone.” 

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The Bliss wallpaper on Windows XP is the most-viewed image in the world with nearly 1 billion people viewing it. The photograph that went on to become Windows’ default wallpaper was clicked by Chuck in 1996 in Sonoma County, California, using a medium format camera. He was on his way to meet his girlfriend. What many wouldn’t know is the fact that his picture was sent to Corbis, an advertising and licensing agency, before the photo rights were purchased by Microsoft in 2000. This was a year before the launch of the operating system, Windows XP.

Here are the new photos clicked by Chuck as a sequel to the iconic ‘Bliss’:

White Pocket (Arizona)

Image: New Angels of America

Image: New Angels of America

Peek-A-Boo Slot (Utah)

Image: New Angels of America

Image: New Angels of America

Maroon Bells (Colorado)

Image: New Angels of America

Image: New Angels of America

In an article published in Peta Pixel, Chuck said, “I am turning seventy-six and realize how much the Microsoft Bliss photograph has meant to my life. As the photographer of the most viewed photo in history, I have enjoyed every minute of the fame. Likewise, I am thrilled to create for Lufthansa a sequel to the ‘Bliss’ photo on smartphones so that my views of other beautiful places can continue to be enjoyed by millions of people. After all, smartphones have become the primary place for the world to see new and interesting photography. And, I’m glad to be part of it.”

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These photographs have been shot for a new project called New Angels of America and are specifically targetted towards smartphone users. The new photographs are shots of famous landscapes in the United States.