Burning Man 2015

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Burning Man has never really appealed to me. Maybe because I become uneasy at the thought of large crowds, let alone a really large crowd in a place that Trish and I have been camping in for decades. Camping without a crowd, or without seeing anyone in any direction for that matter. In places like the Black Rock Desert we usually don’t run into people when we’re out on our camping/photographic expeditions. So, the thought of 70,000 people out here didn’t exactly excite me.

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With help from a fellow board member at the Nevada Arts Council and the great folks at Burning Man,  I was given two tickets and a vehicle pass for us to attend. I also applied for and received a media pass. How wonderful is this? Thanks to everyone that made Burning Man possible.

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I still had trepidations heading to Burning Man, but as soon as we were on the Playa all of those ideas vanished.

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The Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35” disposable cameras were the best camera for the job as I didn’t need to worry about dust and dirt causing damage to expensive camera equipment, just take it out and shoot! Not a problem at all and I left them out most of the time.

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The art installations across the playa were nothing short of spectacular! I was especially drawn to the larger pieces since the playa is so vast the smaller works of art disappeared in the landscape.

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I only shot two rolls of Tri-X through my little disposable camera, This number of good shots per roll is unusual for me. I’m happy when I get a couple of great shots a roll.

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Dust got the better of us though. Early the next morning Trish awoke wheezing and unable to take a deep breath, so we departed the playa for a less dusty location. Still got some great shots even though we were only on the playa for less that twenty four hours. It was four days before Trish could take a deep breath, she feels much better now and is ready to head back to Burning Man again.

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Hope we can go back better prepared to spend more time in the dust creating much more art.

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Basic dust masks and bandanas are a joke when it comes to real lung protection. We will be better prepared next time.

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Trepidations behind me now, I’m ready to go back to Black Rock City!

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3 thoughts on “Burning Man 2015

  1. I kinda want to go, but then again, like you, I cannot deal with large numbers of people. It freaks me out. You got some nice images, though, Deon, even though you were there for such a short time. Hope Trish is ok!

  2. Deon, these are fantastic. That camera is perfect for this expansive flatness. Hope you get back there again and hope Trish is better.

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