Wallpaper Origins

Ever since I thought of Windows wallpapers as visual utopias, artificial places of outstanding beauty one only could see and put folders and program icons on—but never reach. It never came to my mind that these icons in pop culture and hyper-real images might be found in the common world.

A friend of mine claimed one of Vista’s wallpapers to show Johannesburg. Then we discoverd “I started something”, a blog by Long Zheng. In one post he gives an overview of the origins of Vista’s wallpapers. I am still shocked.


By the way, the hillside of “Bliss” (or the “Grüne Idylle” in German), the famous Windows XP background can be found in California. Astonishingly the drop shadows Google Maps places next to the navigation icons you can follow the street with, very well fit to the possible position of the sun.

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