2012 Burning Man
A Burning Man participant toasts the sunrise with a bottle of champagne at the 2013 Burning Man arts and music festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada
2012 Burning Man
Leaving Black Rock CIty in the Dust #longexposurethursday
The saying goes that trying to explain Burning Man to someone who has never experienced it before is like trying to describe a rainbow to a blind man. A Burner Man virgin trying to imagine what it is actually like probably isn’t too far from someone trying to picture a color that doesn’t exist. Burning Man exceeds all categories and descriptions. This is no typical festival. It’s a weird, beautiful and creative life force of its own, a seven day experiment in radical self-expression and community building, which takes place in the middle of the vast and hostile desert landscape that is Black Rock City, Nevada. An entire community of over 10,000 participants (at Burning Man, you don’t attend, you participate) is built upon empty desert and at the end of the seventh day, not a trace is left behind. Outsider stereotypes of a “hippie festival” or “giant orgy” where “nobody showers” and “everyone is on drugs”–although the burning man experience for some–is missing the point. Burning Man is built upon the work of established creatives and features some of the most impressive examples of interactive art-technology being made today. During the day, the Playa–as it affectionately called–looks like a surreal dreamscape conjured up by the mad minds of Dalí or Magritte. On a creative level, Burning Man is one of the trippiest art shows out there. It has evolved into such a cultural phenomenon that versions of the original are popping up all over the world from South Africa’s AfrikaBurn to Israel’s Midburn and Brazil’s Rio Ramaza.