Normally my fridge contains little more than vodka and eyeliner pencils to keep them from melting. But I had to go out and buy trail mix and beef jerky and all kinds of other nonperishable foods to nosh up on the Playa. People have been inviting me to Burning Man for at least 10 years, but I never went because it seemed too dirty — plus in those days I rolled around in a pink Lincoln TownCar, which was hardly playa-worthy.
On the barren flatlands of the Nevada desert, children ages 5 to 14 weave unnoticed between ecstasy-tripping ravers, elaborate penis-shaped art cars, and an endless sea of topless young women. Because these children are on a scientific exploration. Burning Man, a day Interactive arts festival better known for outlandish partying and Silicon Valley billionairesis a family destination for many long-time participants, who plan a vacation to Black Rock City, just as any Joe-American plans a trip to Disney World.
The Burning Man Festival is over. The man, he was burned. The clothes, they were bonkers—when they were even present.
The event is difficult to describe. My images of the event have been widely published, appearing in newspapers and magazines worldwide. More info here. You can view a selection of galleries below.
A woman riding in an outrigger fires a flame cannon over the heads of. A group of people lie on the ground for a community nude picture. It took me more than 10 years to get there.
A gigantic wooden sculpture known as "The Man" is engulfed in flames during the Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. A woman riding in an outrigger fires a flame cannon over the heads of Burning Man participants as they dance in the early hours of the morning. A fire tornado emerges from the burning embers of the "Temple of Whollyness" as it burns at the conclusion of the Burning Man.
When she stopped holding the fires, attendees Larry Harvey and Jerry James kept them going, with a twist — inthe bonfire was an eight-foot-tall wooden man. After the man was ignited, a bystander ran forward and shook the burning man's hand. The wind had shifted slightly, blowing the flames so she was unharmed.
Your account is not active. We have sent an email to the address you provided with an activation link. Check your inbox, and click on the link to activate your account. What was once a genuinely radical festivalbased on principles of inclusion, decommodification, self-reliance and communal effort, Burning Man festival has changed somewhat.