Exploring Burning Man

Social Media Awards

Last year, I lost to Gowalla.  Damn that awesome company.  But maybe this year, we can pull it off!  The nominations round has started…  Should you care to support the cause, come Comment on Trey’s Nomination.  Or, you can even nominate others…  just don’t nominate Gowalla.  Or they might take away all my awesome badges.

Too Many Burning Man Photos!

You all know that I normally only post one new photo a day. But I have so many Burning Man photos, that I’m likely to cluster them on occasion… otherwise I’ll never get through them all before the next one!

As usual, to see other photos of a category, just go click on the “Burning Man” at the bottom of the post.

Daily Photo(s) – Exploring Burning Man

Are you looking for something totally unique in this increasingly homogenized world? Try Burning Man!

Look… it’s not for everyone. If you’re kinda right-brained and like to have unexpected stimulation hitting your eyes non-stop for a week, then this just might be the place for you. It’s a nice shock to your artistic self.

I spent the first few days without my camera… just sort of walking around and drinking it all in. I was fairly zombie-like in my wandering. At the same time, I was considering various ways to capture the overall feeling of the place in a series of photos. I don’t usually do this, but I did add a few captions to the photos below in case you want to know more…

The metal kimodo neck bends skyward.  There is only one sound.  It is the sound of a hundred trunk-thick ropes holding back a moored ship.  They rub and tear against one another, the braids and coils tearing free and pulled back into the spiral.  The ropes scream like iron pulled apart by a furnace, and they burn like a soul reaching back for the earth.  Fire from the kimodo rests within and the broiling sea churns and twists beneath the hull.  The head bends back towards the earth, a new tension building in its dire armor.  It tears through the sky for something new to devour.  A heat shimmers from its scalloped visage, a heat that melts the heart of all that pass before.

People spend all year building elaborate land-vehicles that cruise around the playa day and night. This one is particularly awesome, with a fully articulated head that can breathe fire at night (pics of that coming soon!).

 

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Groups set up special camps with different themes. Here I am inside the “Black Lodge” from Twin Peaks (I’m a fan). It was modeled after the Red Room. I sat in it for many hours, listening to music and looking out this opening. This is one of the many photos I captured.

 

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Most people roamed the desert wearing goggles to protect ourselves from the sand and sun. For me, everything had an orange tint, so I’ve used the same technique in many of my photos of the event.

 

Note that all the Burning Man photos do not fall under the Creative Commons license as my other photos.

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  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/straight-nochaser/ Thelonious Gonzo

    Love the gritty quality of these shots. There is something really eerie and slightly off center about all of these shots you took and I don’t just mean the obvious strangeness of Burning Man. Everyone in these pictures looks like they are looking out at me and they all know something ominous that I wish I knew, or maybe I don’t. Not sure. Weird man. Weird.
    Anyway – I dropped a little love for you over at the Social Media Awards.
    DEATH TO Gowalla!!!

    Go get em’ Killer.

    Gino

  • casusan

    I love all these burning man shots of yours Trey – have been following them on facebook – they do have a special and unusual quality about them – looks like it was an awesome experience!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/ Andy Bird

    Holy metal dinosaur! That thing is so cool!

    I have given you a glowing yet honest nomination so you will be a shoe-in for the Texas Social Media award now….

  • http://flickr.com/photos/edenbrackstone Eden Brackstone

    That. Dinosaur. Is. Epic.

    That is all.

  • Gail in Montana

    Neat photos of Burning Man, Trey!! Thanks for sharing :-) Why no facebook like button this morning?

  • http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Keith

    Very cool shots. Seems like an overwhelming event. Did I mention that dinosaur is awesome?
    http://timetotakepictures.blogspot.com Good luck on the award, I will go make a comment.

  • Ian in Guernsey

    So very ‘Mad Max’. Fantastic. Would love to attend this event some time. I was wondering, how did your equipment fare with all that sand blowing around?

  • http://www.chayachitra.com/ Chayachitra Photography

    I love the burning man series photos. The golden color reminds me of summer :)

  • http://graffitilogic.smugmug.com/ Bill Dodd

    As always Trey, love your work. Such great composition and tone.
    As a programmer who has hung up his camera in boredom – You’ve really reinvigorated photography for me. Thanks for what you do!

  • http://williambeem.com William Beem

    I caught the note at the bottom and was curious about the difference in Creative Commons license. Just curious, if you care to elaborate.

    I think I caught my local newspaper off-guard. They used one of your images and I asked them why they didn’t give you credit. Never got a response.

  • http://vickiwilsonphotos.wordpress.com Vicki Wilson

    I love the dinosaur vehicle, too cool! Love your photos, it makes me want to go out there next year, what a fun event.

  • http://liznessstudio.com Liz Ness

    WOW! Totally captured the “Different World” feel of the event. AWESOME!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chapperingo/ Chapperingo

    Nice pictures Trey, that are very different to your normal shots. I like the way they tell the story and give me the ‘feel’ for what it must be like there.
    Although I have wondered how on earth did your camera survive all that dust ? Even if you didn’t change lenses surely the glass doesn’t get along well with thousands of tiny particles flying at it !?

  • Shaku Selvakumar

    Love the Burning man series…Twins Peaks meets Armageddon :)

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    You are right, Ian. These images do have a Mad Max feel to them.

    These are great shots, Trey, that leave me thinking about trying to get to Burning Man myself, something I had never considered until now. Your treatments are likewise excellent.

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    Thanks all!

    William – Burning Man is a special case where they own the rights to the photos. They don’t do it to hurt me, but to prevent others from taking my work and doing something “bad” with it.

    Chap – I used a backup extra camera for this!

  • Simon Morris

    WOW… amazing place/event, the orange tint really does it for me! Can’t wait to see the fire breathing dragon/dinosaur :-)

  • http://KidsLoveAnimals.com Paul

    Your Burning Man series really captures the “otherworldly” feeling and spirit of this event. Very impressive work!

  • Donna M.

    Wow, these are amazing! The one from inside the Black Lodge has a very Cirque du Soleil feel to it.

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    Trey, I happened to look at the EXIF data for one of these shots and noticed you were shooting with an Olympus micro 4/3 camera instead of your pro Nikon gear. I’m curious as to why. I’ve seen shots of cameras after they’ve been in that environment and it looks like they’ve been buried in the lake bed. Your D3x would be far better sealed against dust and debris. Were you trying to be less conspicuous? Or were you figuring that if you trashed your gear you’d rather it not be an $8,000 body + lens?

  • http://www.tlinn.com t.linn

    Trey, I happened to look at the EXIF data for one of these shots and noticed you were shooting with an Olympus micro 4/3 camera instead of your pro Nikon gear. I’m curious as to why. I’ve seen shots of cameras after they’ve been in that environment and it looks like they’ve been buried in the lake bed. Your D3x would be far better sealed against dust and debris. Were you trying to be less conspicuous? Or were you figuring that if you trashed your gear you’d rather it not be an $8,000 body + lens?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com Stuck In Customs

    I used that one because I didn’t want to get main main ones dirty! :)

  • ryel

    such a bummer you chose to depict the explosive color and creativity of burning man in such a drab, depressing, grainy light. burning man is so rich and expansive, so crystal clear in its intention and purpose, so vibrant in its colors, art, people, energy. yet these photos make it seem like a post-apocalyptic wasteland. but maybe that’s the experience you had, in which case you completely missed what burning man is all about.

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