Burning Man

Burning Man is an event that really defies description. It is weeklong art festival; a gathering of adventure seekers; a participatory social experiment; an exercise in survival; an ad hoc community of 50,000 that materializes out of nothing on a playa in the middle of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert each year around Labor Day. Vague enough for you? Anyone who has been there will tell you that you have to show up to really grasp it.

To be honest, I’ve never been too interested in grasping it. The occasional pictures that I’ve seen floating around always looked as though they were shot on the set of Mad Max. That’s not exactly a world I wanted to spend a week in. Then I came across these images shot by Trey Ratcliff. Yes, they look like they’re shot on the set of Mad Max but what a starkly beautiful set it is! I would spend a week in this world if I could bring a camera with me. Turns out Burning Man takes place less than 6 hours from my house. I just have to figure out a way to trick…err…convince Darla into going.

If you’d just like to know more about Burning Man, a first timer’s guide is available here. Trey Ratcliff’s original post is here. A bigger collection of images from Neil Girling can be found here.

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