Burning Man 2017

Wow what a great year! I got around 18,000 photos and had a very inspirational time. After eight years in a row now, I’m always surprised how every time is like the first time, in so many ways. Sometimes awesome, sometimes uncomfortable, it’s sort of like a microcosm of a whole year of life squeezed into one week because you are doing and seeing So Many Things.

Here’s a few photos for you to get the party started!

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This was many people’s favorite art pieces on the playa. In the day time, it was a pure green tree in the middle of the night desert. At night, the LEDs came on and flowed through the tree like the wind

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It was another great year out there… it was very exhausting out in the sun all afternoon, though. But still glad I got out there as much as possible to take photos. I still have tons more to process, but enjoying going through

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Birds of a feather…

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You may remember the photo of the embracing Israeli couple that was doing Acro-Yoga from a few days ago. Here’s the pre-acro-yoga stretching period. They say it’s good to stretch before exercising. I don’t know who this “they” is, but they are probably right about these things. The sun caught her jewels in a surprising way.

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Around 5:30 PM the sun begins to get low enough to cast great angles everywhere. It’s still a little warm, so many people still have their fans out to stay cool. I suppose a native American headdress also helps! 🙂

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I don’t know if this enormous statue got enough attention, but she certainly did for me. She glowed from the inside and outside. I made a small pilgrimage there every day; this time I came with my camera.

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By meandering-chance, I found a camp along the Esplanade that had a tremendous steel wool vortex spinning away. People would come stand in front and let the winds spray the burning metal around them. I’m not into being burned and stuff, so I sat down in the desert to take some photos. It was great fun to watch… I could have stayed here all night, but forced myself to get up and go see what else I could find.

  • susan ratcliff

    awesome Burning Man photos as always! 🙂

  • Barry B

    The wearing of Native American headdresses in inappropriate context is almost universally perceived as somewhere between highly inappropriate to extremely offensive by those for whom they are sacred objects – ones imbued with a spiritual depth and meaning *so* expanisve as to be foreign in that regard alone to much of modern western/american culture.

    I would humbly suggest that you consider reading up on cultural appropriation before again countenancing, let alone praising, such behavior.

    Your pictures are inspiring and lovely but this photo’s inclusion is anything but.

    – a 16-year burner recently schooled on the topic by his native (registered, raised in the culture) significant other.

  • Stu – SIC

    Hey Barry, the woman in the image is part Native American 🙂

  • Barry B

    Really? Which tribe? Is she documented? Was she raised in that culture?

    If so, then how would she not know that:
    1) they are not worn by women
    2) every single feather is earned through a noble/selfless act, and
    3) even one of the very very few individuals with such headdress who have earned them accordingly would absolutely *not* wear them in this context?

    I’ll leave further comments to one more educated in this than I. Shouls you doubt me, you should consider discussing your perspective with someone who is legitmately part of that culture.

    I promise you, this is inappropriate to a degree that you do not appreciate.

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  • Rem Tadeo

    Beautiful

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