Burning Man transcends a typical festival environment in so many ways. There are healers, spiritual workers and more hugs than you can imagine.
There is art, beauty, inspiration and encouragement from each and every person. It is a place that makes sense, a place that reminds you to follow your heart and dreams. Have the courage to tune in to yourself and unapologetically pursue what fulfills your soul.
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The Space Whale is a full scale humpback whale made of steel and stained glass
Lit from the inside at night and mystic in the dust of the Playa during the day, she was truly attracting us like a magnet.
Just one word to describe this picture: LOVE
The Śiṣya is a Burning Man 2016 art piece about transformation and loss designed and built by Krista Sanders and Rob Bell
The words, “Welcome Home” are shared often and with love. 70,000 people co-create a temporary Utopia and a one of a kind experience. Burning Man is unlike any other festival on the planet. Burning Man truly has something for everyone. There is mind blowing art, extraordinary art cars, music day and night, workshops with some of the brightest minds on the planet, state of the art technology, random events and experiences that you would have to see to believe. The people work together to create an inspiring event, although temporary, we set an example. We show each other how much love there is in the world and what is possible when we work together. Welcome Home!
This is Burning Man – Always between real and surreal
The great equalizer and ego crusher Burning Man gives you what you need. We build ourselves up in the world to create layers of separation, to compare better or worse, less and more, good and bad. In an unforgiving environment like the black rock desert the size of your house and how cool you were in high school won’t trump the fact you need some water badly because you jumped on an art car and 5 hours later you’re kinda fucked. So then we rely on the good nature of others for support to provide us with our most basic human need. This is our natural programming as human beings, to support and care for one another. This is an opportunity to realize deeply, caring for each other and the planet must trump the bottom line. As a culture we’ve put more value on things than we have on our character, action and integrity. Allow yourself to be vulnerable and be authentically you, remove each layer of your self created bull shit and be open, honest and real in your daily interactions. You don’t need to be, do or know anything more than you already do to be perfect, worthy and whole as a human being. Your courage to be present, open and honest will have ripples with more power and influence than you could imagine. Now let’s dance!
The burning of the Temple takes place the evening after the destruction of the Man
The tradition of participants inscribing the surfaces of the piece with personal messages has continued through all of the iterations of the temple.
One thing is for sure, once you set foot on the playa it’s non-stop, 24 hours a day, sensory overload in the most beautiful and thrilling way
The environment in the unforgiving desert where Burning Man is hosted is affectionately known as “The Playa.” It is a wonderland to explore and changes dramatically each year with the exception of the Temple and the Man. The Temple is a spiritual and energetic staple that supports people in letting go of loved ones or traumatic experiences, the man is your beacon and light house when trying to figure out where the heck you are. The playa is littered with mind bending, interactive art installations. This year included the catacombs, which were two remarkable temples and the lighthouses. Both magnificent pieces were burnt to the ground giving everyone present a direct and powerful Zen lesson in impermanence.
Having crash landed back to earth after 8 days in the desert it felt a bit like a looong dream. Photographing this adventure was surreal
The city is alive at all times and you marvel at the astounding art cars that serenade you with music. You may witness a flying carpet, the disco hat wearing skull, or hundreds of other creative endeavors. You also have the option to jump on 100 + foot dragons, boats, ducks, scorpions, trains, that slowly cruise the playa providing entertainment and transportation in the most righteous way. You can venture deep into the city and get lost for days, meet lifelong friends and create unforgettable experiences or you can set out to the deep playa to experience the sun rise, hidden gems and take a moment for yourself before turning around and immersing yourself back into the magic. One thing is for sure, once you set foot on the playa it’s non-stop, 24 hours a day, sensory overload in the most beautiful and thrilling way.
The Art at Burning Man 2016 contains a lots of animals: a boar, a whale, orcas, a giant insect, crows, gorillas, an octopus and a bear
The city is alive at all times and you marvel at the astounding art cars that serenade you with music
You may witness a flying carpet, the disco hat wearing skull, or hundreds of other creative endeavors.
As you gaze onto the playa at night you cannot believe what you’re seeing. It’s an active, living sea of people, moving art, energy, bikes, costumes and flickering lights. It’s hard not to get hypnotized and succumb to fear of missing out and start chasing the lights because you want to see it all! You could be awake 24 hours a day and you’d still miss 98% percent of it, so you have to trust your gut to lead you to the experiences you need. Epic illumination is a necessity at night, although you look righteous being fully lit, it’s also a safety precaution as it’s uncontrolled chaos that somehow seems to works itself out. You must be seen to be safe and you don’t want to be called a “Darkwad” as there’s just no good comeback for that.
Music is everywhere and the worlds best DJ’s can’t wait to play and share their gift without pay. Many people dance through the night and into the morning. Veterans all have different sleep strategies as there are no dull moments, not even close. The sunrise music sets are sacred. The desert sunrise is truly spectacular and you connect with environment and the people. You are grateful for where you are and everything you’ve experienced. You have another day on the playa, and there is nowhere on the earth you’d rather be!
When deciding on a project we wanted something that was cultural, spiritual, unreal, uncommon as well as visual with a strong storytelling opportunity. It was challenging photographing under these tough desert conditions but the rewards of capturing and interacting with such wonderful people in this Mad Max-esque environment opened up the possibility for us to create intriguing images. It was a marvelous ride that proved to be a lifetime experience.
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