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Black Rock City, the temporary camp site hosting Burning Man participants, is a 'C' shaped arc enclosing a 1 mile (1.6 km) diameter desert area called the 'Playa'.
The Playa is covered with over 100 fabulous pieces of Art and Art Installation. Except for the Man and the Temple, they are brought in or built on site by Burning Man participants. Several are built in wood and ceremonially burned art the end of the week.
Many of the Art pieces covering the Playa and the camps surrounding it are nicely illuminated and attract a lot of night life. So I shot quite a few photos, some of which turned out all right - click here to view them...
At the center of the Playa stands 'The Man', a large wooden effigy which is traditionally being burned on Saturday night during a festive celebration gathering most of the participants. The year's theme was Cargo Cult, so the 2013 Man was a huge flying saucer topped by the effigy.
The Burning Man glossary defines a Mutant Vehicle (MV) as "a motorized conveyance that is radically, stunningly, permanently, and safely modified" or as a "sublimely beautiful works of art floating across the playa like a Miro painting".
MVs have to be inspected and licensed by Burning Man's Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV). They are the only motorized vehicle allowed to ride at Burning Man.
MVs are all over Black Rock City at night. Most are amazingly illuminated, so they can make nice photos at night. Many play music, sometimes strange, often wild. Some are even mobile discotheques around which 'burners' crowds gather for hours of dancing frenzy.
Because of their creativity and animations, MVs are an essential part of the Burning Man night life and lots of things happen in and around them.
See my best night MV photos...
Next to Mutant Vehicles, the only vehicles allowed to ride at Burning Man are bikes and other manpowered conveyances. However, many of them would also qualify as "mutant", being "radically, stunningly, permanently, and safely modified" by their user.
In the Burning Man mythlogy, a "Sparkle Pony" is typically a cute chick who arrives under-prepared at the event with a small bag containing only a few fabulous sexy outfits, makeup and (optionally?) a provision of drugs. She expects to live off the good will of the community because she's just so wonderful; the rumor says drama inevitably follows if her expectations are not met.
Well, I don't actually know if all the women on these photos were real sparkle ponies, but sure they all were good looking and/or nicely dressed! View my best photos of them...
Well, I loved shooting photos of the nice looking chicks hanging around at Burning Man. But I also enjoyed shooting other interesting characters, including men and groups of people with amazing attires. View my selection...
Burning Man's Temple is a place for payer, meditation, weddings (see below) and other ceremonies.
As I was going to leave the Temple on Wednesday evening, I noticed a weird procession arriving at the Temple, with people singing and dancing surrounded by stilt walkers. In the Temple, they lay down and progressively started screaming in what looked to me as a deep trance. Then stood up and left in a dancing procession. So I guess it was some sort of shamanic ceremony! View this ceremony and other temple scenes...
Burning Man takes place in the Nevada state where marriage regulations are quite lax. So some Burners find it a choice place to get married, often in or around the temple where some Nevada wedding officiant are available.
Here are a few photos of the wedding ceremonies and just-married couples I happened to encounter. View them...
I went to Burning Man in an RV with two photographer friends, Charles (see his website) and George O. (see his website). As expected, we quickly made friends with our camp neighbors and some of them ended up on our photos.
Here are some photos of some of us, including our beautiful sparkling Marissa neighbor, mostly at our camp (the photos of me were shot by Charles with my camera). View them...
The first time I entered the Temple, I noticed a good-looking young couple. As I started taking photos of them, Eamon pulled out a ring and offered it to Kelly: it happened to be his surprise marriage proposal and I happened to be there to shoot it!
This was one of my most emotional moments at Burning Man.
And Eamon and Kelly were pleased to get some photos of this once-in-a-lifetime event. View these photos...
I met several burners in the endless immigration line at SF airport, including Frogabelle and Tiger Lily.
When I bumped into them at Burning Man, they asked me to shoot their "Friendship Wedding" to be celebrated next day in the Temple.
So here are the photos of this moving ceremony where Frogabelle and Tiger Lily swore each other eternal friendship, in front of a Nevada wedding officiant and surrounded by some of their burner friends. View the ceremony...
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Equipment used: Nikon D800E camera, lenses:
Nikkor 28-300 zoom and 20 mm f2.8 in the daytime;
Nikkor 50mm f1.4 and 20 mm f2.8 at night.