Down the coast of Barcelona

Reminder on the Burning Man Photo Walk

I always do the Burning Man photo walk at sunset on Tuesday there in Black Rock City. As with all photo walks, it’s a free event! Well, everything is free at Burning Man… so it kind of goes without saying. See more about it at the BM Photo Walk Announcement Post. Bring a friend or three! ๐Ÿ™‚

Daily Photo – Down the coast of Barcelona

What an awesome city! The first time I was here with my wife, I was sick as a dog. I still went out and took photos because I'm a real trooper, but it was very difficult to get into the flow-state. This time, since our #80stays Tour took us there, I was able to take more time. This is the view from the top floor of the Ritz-Carlton. This is where we had my little after-party art talk at the end of the photo walk. Pretty much everyone went out on the balcony to take a photo or three! ๐Ÿ™‚

Down the coast of Barcelona

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Burning Man Photo Walk Announced!

Come join the event here at the Facebook Event!

Do you like taking photos or perhaps do you like people taking photos of you in all your fabuloso Burner gear? Well come on out and join this fun event – this is my 8th annual photo walk in Black Rock City and all are welcome! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s great for beginner photographers all the way to advanced – bring anything from a mobile phone to a DSLR! We’ll roam the streets of BRC and capture some of the magic of Burning Man together.

I’ll be giving lots of tips and tricks to help you on your own creative journey. We also talk a lot about the creative process and how it can be quite an active meditation bringing more consciousness, presence, and awesomeness into your life. So, come, bring a friend or three, and let’s have a ball. Word has it that we’ll get a bunch of Burner Girls (and guys!) too that just dance around and have thousands of photos taken of them.

And after, we’ll share all the photos here in the Facebook event. Check the comments in the event to make some new Instagram friends with fellow photo walkers too! ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ll meet outside of Center Camp at TUESDAY at 6:30 PM and start the crawl from there!

Here’s a few of my favorite Burning Man photos from the past 7 years! ๐Ÿ™‚ You can always see more in my Burning Man Album on Smugmug.


Embrace 2014

The ground shook and the air crackled as the metal bent and strained around my body.  The screams went animal and blood fell folded back into the sand.

Hereโ€™s my bestie Rene Smith up atop Lord Snort! He was spinning quite fast, so it was a fun photo to take. We had early entry this year, so we were able to visit a lot of the art before it was covered with too many people. This is actually the site of a small tragedy, as one guy lost all of his fingers while trying to jump onto the head as it was spinning around.

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There in the gypsyโ€™s creation.  It pulsed around us like a thick red vein; a timeless conduit that promised to hold a time machine between worlds.  And, Iโ€™d have it no other way, as every time machine should come appointed with the comforts of the sultans as they slowly wind throughout the edges of the Orient.  The colored lights cast new tones and shadows upon the rich, supple textures.  Small windows around the edges gave outward portal-glances to worlds and times that whizzed by, each one inviting a new pause to the story.  The light, I noticed, did something unexpected as it tumbled and flowed and rolled across the skin, drifting over small sinuous shapes as the crimson rays slid up and over the flowing curves of a dune in the middle of a faraway desert.  The lines would only stay a moment before the wind blew them into a new form.  The light tore time away from the shapes, and I could not figure out what was happening until much later in the story.

Four More Burning Man Photos

I’m dropping four new photos in every four days or so! ๐Ÿ™‚

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When the man burns, the heat must be extremely intense. I’ve never been in that close before, but next year I may ask permission.

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On my last day, I decided to take a very long ride around the outside, along the trash fence. This is a view looking back towards the city.

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I thought this gal was cute during the bunny march. She was there with her dad and it turned out he was a fan! ๐Ÿ™‚

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This was one of the first nights after the temple was completed. I loved all the hanging lanterns… it really gave the whole temple that X-Factor.

More Fresh Cookies

Here’s four more goodies for you ๐Ÿ™‚


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Here’s Lord Snort enjoying his afternoon with the humans.

On the third day, the Da Vinci tank was completed and here’s what it looks like in all its glory.

Paris Sinclair, clothes designer extraordinaire.

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A girl and her fire-breathing swan dragon!

The Last 7 Years of Burning Man, Some Highlights

Here’s a photo from above. I took this while flying in an experimental plane in which I should not have been experimenting.

And here’s a closeup of the same place.

Teastorm

This was taken during the worst year of sandstorms ever at Burning Man. I was in a rather severe one and completely lost, but I kept walking in a random direction, because it was as good as any. Out of the sand came this Japanese tea ceremony. Right after I took this photo, I sat down and was served tea with floating gold leaf. When I was done, he folded up a small piece of origami and gave it to me. Upon it, the message read, “You are a God.” Finally! The thing I’ve always wanted my wife to say was confirmed by this sand-swept Japanese gentleman.

Almost anywhere on the playa you can see all kinds of acroyoga. I don’t ever pose my shots by the way, I just look for organic happenings.

Everyone is in costume or fanciness all week long. And many of the women really take it to some impressive extremes.

Why is anything There?There are many things that happen here and there and everywhere and happen without reason or forethought.  Terrible things fall around us and into us, random events of trauma, and worse, doubt.  Not everything in this world is there for a useful purpose.  So why not have huge white flowers in a desert?  If you ask why about everything, then you're probably not always asking the right questions, I tell myself.

There are many things that happen here and there and everywhere and happen without reason or forethought. Terrible things fall around us and into us, random events of trauma, and worse, doubt. Not everything in this world is there for a useful purpose. So why not have huge white flowers in a desert? If you ask why about everything, then you’re probably not always asking the right questions, I tell myself.

Charon crosses the river Styx, ferrying a lost soul into the beyond, forever.  This is where the souls go that have no hope, the endless void.  Travelers come and pull and twist and spin and see the strobes alight upon the skeleton bones.  The neck tilts and the head bows in a deathly pose, a skinless grimace pulls back a macabre grin of hate; the hate of a man who dies alone, between worlds of understanding.

Charon crosses the river Styx, ferrying a lost soul into the beyond, forever. This is where the souls go that have no hope, the endless void. Travelers come and pull and twist and spin and see the strobes alight upon the skeleton bones. The neck tilts and the head bows in a deathly pose, a skinless grimace pulls back a macabre grin of hate; the hate of a man who dies alone, between worlds of understanding.

Burning Man Freshness

Here’s some warm cookies for you ๐Ÿ™‚


Here’s good old El Pulpo Mechanico lighting up the night!

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Another scene from the BIllion Bunny March. I think I took 500 photos that day!

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Here’s another one of those people at Burning Man that just climbs everything they see!

This photo was taken on accident… but I love the way it turned out.

Fresh Burning Man from our camp!

Hereโ€™s a view of our campโ€™s (Camp Walter) recreation of Da Vinciโ€™s tank from atop the Peace Train.

Here’s a view of our camp’s (Camp Walter) recreation of Da Vinci’s tank from atop the Peace Train.

Here you can see the same tank on the left while the main party is around the great Kalliope!.

Here you can see the same tank on the left while the main party is around the great Kalliope!.

And hereโ€™s one of our other art cars: Big Red, a huge VW Bug!

And here’s one of our other art cars: Big Red, a huge VW Bug!

And hereโ€™s yet another art car โ€“ Walter, the giant VW Bus! :)

And here’s yet another art car – Walter, the giant VW Bus! ๐Ÿ™‚

Burning Man 2016

Be sure to check the Burning Man Category to see other photos from this year’s Burning Man! ๐Ÿ™‚


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Here’s a view of Black Rock City in the distance under beautiful clouds on Burn Night (the night they burn the man).

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And here is the man burning later that night. We sat through two or three massive sandstorms while waiting… but it was great. I’m at the point now where I really enjoy the storms!

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A scene from the annual Billion Bunny March!

Remember those five German girls from the first set of Burning Man photos I posted from this year? Sure you do! Well, here they are, back for more!

More Burning Man Goodness

The Space Whale was in a perfect location for maximum traffic, right at 6 O’Clock and the Esplanade, just in front of Center Camp. You coulnd’t help but pass it at least ten times or more. Each time it looked different and wonderful.

Here’s the Da Vinci virus. When people would turn it, all the gears would rotate and it was absolutely mesmerizing.

Here’s a random French girl at sunrise! She was here with her boyfriend and he was trying to take pictures with his camera. But then he saw my big camera and told me to do it instead! So we spent about 10 minutes watching her dance around at sunrise… a good one!

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I take hundreds of random little photos l like this… most of them I don’t publish, but I’ll start sharing a few here and there with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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While shooting in the Thunderdome, this lovely lady came over to peer into my camera!

More Goodies from Burning Man

He rises from the desert. This is a great sculpture about becoming conscious and being the awareness inside your mind. You can even crawl in through the ear.

They don’t seem too alarmed.

This one is called “Oid,” a huge microbe 10,000x scale.

Another scene from the #[email protected] sculpture

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