Did you notice that San Francisco was a little less busy last week?
Everyone from top tech executives to yoga teachers packed up everything they would need to survive for a week and drove (or flew) into the Black Rock desert in Nevada. Just over 61,000 people were in attendance this year and I am happy to say, I was one of them.
If you haven’t heard of Burning Man you might want to get to know a bit about it. For a long time, it was a sort of underground festival. While popular, it was not as widely attended or known as it is today. It’s a totally unique and temporary art-filled city populated for one week a year in the middle of the Nevada desert.
I have to admit, this festival is a San Francisco photographer’s dream. The extreme conditions and colorful participants provide an amazing backdrop and foreground for unforgettable shots. And as a portrait photographer, I couldn’t help but enjoy the amazing faces all around me, daily. But with all the dust I was planning not to take many photos and simply let the hundreds of other photographer’s work their magic. However, I couldn’t resist during sunset on the very last day…
A few other interesting articles about Burning Man:
Some camera tips for burners.
Some commentary on Burning Man’s philosophy on making money and doing good.