Burning Man Retrospective – Sunday

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For me, there's always been a palpable tinge of sadness on Sundays. Yet there's also a sense of fullness, and quite often, the beginnings of a readiness to return to 'the default world.'

I don't really favor that word – it only appeared in the Burning Man lexicon sometime in the last 8 years or so. The word kind of makes me cringe as it insinuates a clear separation – as though this week in the dust in little more than an escape – something to be left behind.

As this event has had such an incredibly profound effect on my life, that simply doesn't fit. I don't think of 'here' and 'there' as incongruent spaces. I feel like the same person, wether I'm in BRC, Portland, or Bali. I aim to embody the 10 principles to the best of my ability – to bring the culture and creative energy with me when I leave. Knowing what a thriving global community we've become, I can say with absolute certainty that I'm not the only one who feels this way.

Still...there's a magic out there in the dust that is truly unlike any other. After a full week (usually more like ten days at this point for me) of steeping in that, it often feels like the week flew by and you somehow missed so much.

That's the thing; the scale of this event is hard to fathom. There is no way you can experience all of it. So, even though the week passes in a blur of activity, there will always be a seemingly endless list of things you didn't see and people you never happened to run into. It's that strange sense of being full, yet still craving something more. Perhaps that's part of what's kept me coming back each year.

Tonight....The Temple burns. Unlike the celebratory vibes of The Man burn, this is a meaningful inferno. My photos will never convey the beauty of many dozens of thousands of people, all gathered in hushed reverence.

The Temple Burn is the most important part of the week for me. As such, I'll be drafting a post solely dedicated to the many temples I've witnessed over the years.

The rest of this series can be viewed here:

For more context check the Burning Man website.

~ Suuuper nerdy details coming shortly...(maybe) ~



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Simply exquisite. Seeing all these images reminded me of one of my favorite poems.
I copied and pasted for you. Enjoy.

High Flight
John Gillespie Magee, Jr
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, --and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of --Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air...
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew --
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

These photo's keep amazing me, they're so wonderful. And the subject matter is equally amazing, even if you didn't get to see or show all of it, the images, the colors, the people depicted genuinely make me want to be there :-) Looking forward to see the finale, when the temple burns <3

Every one of these pictures makes me wish I was there. Thank you!

what i got from this series are people, and all of them look happy or peaceful.
i think i started following you because of that women with wings :) you have one unbelievable photo of her.
i never seen aerial photo from Burning man. and that from the plane just showed me how enormous this is.

Wonderful photography.
I feel like I was there
..yet I'm so far away.
Beautiful and thank you putting this all together for us to see.

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Through your post I have found a burning desire to visit this event someday... Don't know if I'll be able to, but yeah - just someday. Gorgeous gorgeous post with amazing shots <3

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I am so overwhelmed .... Thank you ... Thank you ... Thank you for sharing with us .... and personal experiences .... I can well imagine what you mean and feel ....

I too know the feeling of having to return to the "standard world" ... into our "system world".... I do not like that feeling .... it makes me sad... because I have to leave a "world" full of happiness, harmony, peace, respect and love ..... bittersweet

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Absolutely beautiful photos! It makes me want to go back to the Playa! Thank you. Here's my post I mentioned on Discord.