Way back when, before Windows 10 hit the scene, a designer named Bradley Munkowitz created something pretty cool – and nope, it wasn’t just your average digital artwork. He didn’t just click around on some high-tech software to make the iconic Windows 10 wallpaper. Instead, he worked with physical elements like mirrors, lasers, and smoke machines. He crafted an actual setup and snapped thousands of pictures with different colors and smoke levels until he nailed the perfect shot. What’s wild is that all the almost-was versions of the wallpaper are out there too, showing off what could have been if another choice had been made. I put a link online…

The Windows 10 desktop wallpaper scene above wasn’t clinically and digitally spewed forth by some 3D rendering app. Rather this iconic floating window image, with mesmerizing light rays cutting through the haze, was physically set up and photographed by designer Bradley Munkowitz, also known as GMUNK.