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.
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.
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.
Here’s some warm cookies for you 🙂
Here’s good old El Pulpo Mechanico lighting up the night!
Another scene from the BIllion Bunny March. I think I took 500 photos that day!
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.
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!.
And here’s one of our other art cars: Big Red, a huge VW Bug!
And here’s yet another art car – Walter, the giant VW Bus! 🙂
Be sure to check the Burning Man Category to see other photos from this year’s Burning Man! 🙂
Here’s a view of Black Rock City in the distance under beautiful clouds on Burn Night (the night they burn the man).
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!
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!
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!
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! 🙂
While shooting in the Thunderdome, this lovely lady came over to peer into my camera!
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
And here’s the next batch of four! 🙂 Also, be sure to check out my Burning Man Portfolio.
There are secrets inside the Mona Lisa, once you know the right way to knock… That’s the new (number 6 I think!) art car from our Camp Walter called the “Mona Lisa,” and it’s a recreation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s tank from his sketchbook. This is the first night it was sighted moving across the desert, as if it was embarking on the northern African campaign during WWII. The only difference is it was full of music and a secret bar. If you knock twice on one of the panels, it secretly opens and you can go inside to get all top-shelf goodies. Next time, I’ll bring some of my favorite wines from New Zealand and add them to the supplies inside. 🙂
The Black Rock City Lighthouse Project. Believe it or not, when you get to the top of these things, everything may actually look straight! 🙂
Out in the deep playa is something called the “Trash Fence,” which is a multi-mile fence that catches any trash that might blow across the desert. There’s all kinds of unusual art way out there… it’s many miles away, but I often try to get out there to see what unusual stuff I can find… like this! To see how far away I am, you can barely see “The Man” over on the left side of the photo.
It was time for my annual visit to the Thunderdome, where they have nightly fights and all kinds of crazy action. What a fun night… here’s one of the emcees, directing the fighters in their bungee swings to their starting positions. She was no nonsense and not to be crossed!
Next Batch from the Burn!
And here’s another fresh batch of cookies for ya! 🙂
Here’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.
Fallen god-statues sink into the playa, a little deeper every day & night.
Did you know art cars on the playa get to be friends? It’s true! Our car Kalliope has become rather close with the amazing steampunk octopus, El Pulpo Mechanico. I think El Pulpo keeps Kalliope (and the rest of us!) warm! 🙂 They had many meetings this burn…
After the Billion Bunny March to protest humanity, I saw this scene… there are literally thousands of scenes like this all over the desert — it really is like a parallel universe.
I’m working on a serious Plotagraph Pro tutorial. It’ll take me a while to finish, but it’s in the works!
Daily Photo – Love on a Bike
Here’s another Burning Man Plotagraph… these things are super fun to convert. I’ve probably done about 100. They don’t always work out, but this one did!