Back to the Burn for the second time, I thought I’d share a handful of pictures through my eyes at the annual week long event. While there’s no shortage of documentation available, the thing that’s often missed is capturing the humanity of the brief convergence. What makes Burning Man meaningful is that there’s no belief system; it’s simply a place where all are welcome.
The desert’s climate is tough to endure, so those who make it must be up to the challenge. The goggles, masks, and eclectic costumes are partly for the fun of non-consumer self-expression, but also to handle the heat, dust, and self-illumination (don’t be a ‘darkwad’). Along side all of the enormous and colorful installations hundreds of classes are going on, people are having poignant conversations with no use of phones, and everybody is giving generously. It makes for a feeling of unity we can only imagine could be real one day. But imagining it is the first step to creating it.
I want to share these images because Burning Man is meaningful far beyond bright lights and dancing. I recommend going and finding out for yourself in the years to come.
A Flight and a Road Trip to the Gates. Tickets ready!
Peacock art car Struts onto the Playa
Chilling out beneath the canopy
Dragon art car
Farewell- Watching Múcaro Burn
Stepping Forward by Miguel Angel Martin Bordera, a 20 ft tall marionette with a range of outfits
Inside the hull of an actual 747, slightly modified
Tree of Ténéré by Alexander Green, Mark Slee, Zachary Smith, and Patrick Deegan
Tree of Ténéré, detail
Sunrise with Lone Bike
Solipmission – small crew of artists locked inside for entire week, painting images inside based on stories people tell them.
The Man Burns
The Man Burns
Watching the Man Burn
There are Hundreds of Classes. This one was on Dungeon Mastering
Akil Spinning Fire
Reflections inside Paragate
Mayan Warrior art car
Raccoon art car
Camp Short Bus/Xoxo
VW art car beside Calliope
Welcoming the Sun
Art by the Light of the Moon
To the Temple at Dusk
Solemnity, Watching the Temple Burn
Stepping Forward, Ready for Bed
Back to the Real World…
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