Returning from the Burn

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…

burning man statue 2013

Burning Man Believe Art Piece

Burning Man Art 2013

Karina Louise at Burning Man

Fortunately Trey Ratcliff supplied the world with some of my very favorite images of the Burning Man experience.

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.

How Burning Man inspires other art.