Burning Man 2012: Fertility 2.0

Burning Man is an annual event in Black Rock City, Nevada, where people from all over the world come to celebrate art and life. Black Rock City is built, maintained, and dismantled every year by volunteers who pay admittance into the city and is also Nevada’s third largest city with sixty sixty-thousand attendants in 2012.

It is impossible to stay out of the dust at Burning Man so be prepared for it with goggles and a handkerchief.

Unlike conventional music and arts festivals with a central line up of music and events, Burning Man is a decentralized gathering where you are the event. Dress up and exchange compliments with all the beautiful looking people – they spend a lot of time and effort picking and choosing what to look like.

The PerVertical Playground is one especially fun mutant vehicle to hop on. Make sure you exit off of the slide before you go!

Camps at Burning Man are often elaborate and well constructed with furniture, decorations, and other creative items that are brought in. The popular theme between camps at Burning Man is goods and supplies are gifted and bartered. That is to say – many of the events, kitchens, and workshops are managed and maintained by burners and are free and open to others. Everyone is encouraged to visit each other’s camp, wherein a thick booklet that is handed out upon arrival lists a number of registered events.

Kelsey and Eric make Bloody Mary’s for the first time this year at camp BoCoNoCo, located at 9:30 and A. The ingredients were pickled themselves on their farm in Vermont.

The Man is forty feet tall and is located in the middle of Black Rock City.

“Mutant Vehicles” come in all shapes and sizes on the playa.

Black Rock City hosts an unremarkable display of art and imagination – unlike a museum or gallery, the art is hands on and participants become the art as they engage one another.

One notable piece is in camp Area 51 that is decorated on the outside by Alex Grey’s artwork. The artist in here explains on his statement, “that it cannot be photographed, or videoed,” but only experienced. This artist builds a hollow box with an assortment of mirrors and openings from the outside so that eye contact can be made through it between two or more people creates a unique experience to share.

Joel and Brittney stand together at sunset over Black Rock City.

As art pushes the boundaries of the human imagination, Burning Man inspires a celebration of what this world is made of and the kinds of rolls one can have in it. Work shops are abound at Burning Man to explore one’s boundaries. Human suspension and tickling work shops are to name a few, but the list goes on in a book that is hundreds of pages long.

Black Rock Desert is the site of Burning Man, which possess a unique geographic history; Lake Lahontan was once one of North America’s largest lake-beds.

Black Rock City has its own unique lay out based on the clock watch and the English alphabet with The Man directly in the center. From two o’clock to ten o’clock is where everyone’s camped, plus there many other sculptures to see. The rest of the three-hundred sixty-degrees is called deep playa where more art and The Temple are located. Rides from Mutant Vehicles are popular here and are very helpful when moving across the playa or wanting to have fun and see the city.

These “Mutant Vehicals” are one of a kind and incredibly fun.

The culminating event at Burning Man is the lighting on fire of a forty foot structure called The Man. At the beginning of the evening fire troops – people that spin fans, staffs, poi, and other tools lit with fire, dance in syncronicity around The Man. Proceeding it are fireworks and then The Man is burned.

This is a spectacular event as people gather at a distance around The Man to sit down in a ring and watch it burn. Outside of this ring of people are hundreds of mutant vehicles that play music and give rides across the playa. This year a replica of Wall Street was built and burned, as were other unique pieces including big box letters that read “EGO.” Effigies are numerous and are burned the night before The Man

The Black Rock Desert is administered by the Bureau of Land Management and is affectionately known as The Playa. Its unique geography helps to differentiate it from other regional Burning Man events across the world.

Without Burning Man it is difficult to say that any of the art and imagination which makes Burning Man possible would exist.

Evenings on the playa become chilly and people stay up all night riding around on different art-mobiles, dancing, cuddling, standing near some fire, visiting bars, making music, and enjoying Black Rock City in other unique ways.

It is not uncommon to be married at Burning Man. This couple is still dressed for their ceremony.

“White Outs” on the playa are common. Here The Temple of Juno remains barely visible in the late afternoon.

82 Responses to “Burning Man 2012: Fertility 2.0”
  1. Those pictures are fantastic! I only heard about Burning Man a couple of years ago, but I’ve wanted to go ever since.

  2. The Smile Scavenger says:

    I had no idea that this existed. Any excuse to dress up and act bizarre is good for me. Perhaps a future Bucket List item… Thank you for sharing this! 😀

  3. standup2p says:

    My Dad passed in early Sept 2009 in Rancho Mirage…. My immediate reaction was- Take his car and my 10 yr old who was with me and head to burning man-
    It would have done me a world of good- not sure what it would have done to him…..

  4. volcanojoe says:

    Your photos are at once delicious and austere! Bravo.

  5. Beautiful photographs.

  6. myninjanaan says:

    this was such an interesting read! I remember seeing something about Burning Man somewhere on the internet, but I had no idea what it was. Awesome photography too!

  7. Amazing photos.. really beautiful.

  8. Unique post.Fantasy come true. Regards.Jalal

  9. atique007 says:

    thanks to share some incredibly amazing transports!

  10. Laura4NYC says:

    My friend went to last year’s burning man. He had a great time! Nice to see pictures about this event here on wordpress! Congrats for being freshly pressed!

  11. Tom says:

    Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing!

  12. elsapelle says:

    Wow! This looks so amazing, I’d love to go. Fantastic post!

  13. Really nice shoots, maybe someday I’ll visit that festival.
    Was there so dusty or something ?

  14. madhaus7 says:

    I was recently turned on to the Burning Man festival in a class I took last semester. The footage I watched was mesmerizing. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos and giving me a better understanding of the event. It seems like something worth checking out!

  15. the_lunatic says:

    That was the best description of Burning Man I have ever come across … not to mention amazingly breathtaking pictures.

  16. Remy says:

    Still on my bucket list. 😦
    Maybe next year.

    Thanks for sharing!!

  17. Incredible photos! What an experience that must have been. I would LOVE to attend Burning Man one of these days. I just feel like I need to contribute something awesome, and I’m not quite sure what that would be yet. Thank you for sharing!

  18. colecrane says:

    Cool post! On a side note, I think the holy grail of hipsterdom has to be getting married at Burning Man.

  19. Thanks for sharing this.

  20. makais says:

    Reblogged this on Makais Blog and commented:
    nice BM pics

  21. Frank Garcia says:

    These are just amazing

  22. betunada says:

    know kawmentalization yeti? GOOD photos, dood! and synopsis of the Xpeeereeennnnz.

  23. My mother (78) went to Burning Man this year. She had such a good time, she’s going back.

  24. andriaparker says:

    An experience that is absolutely on my life-list. Beautiful pictures!

  25. What beautiful pictures and an excellent narrative. Although I live in neighboring California and some of my friends have attended Burning Man, I’ve never really understood what it is. Thank you! And congratulations on getting Freshly Pressed!

  26. Larva says:

    like in different planet. great pics

  27. Koe says:

    Unbelievable, like a world from figments of imaginations.

  28. mono says:

    Your Burning Man pictures are fabulous! You have a really beautiful blog – I am looking forward to reading the rest of your posts. And congratulations on being Fresh Pressed!

  29. melunaich says:

    absolutely amazing pictures.Seems like a great idea to be a part of this event. Definitely want to go 🙂

  30. Is this blog reference of all the things implimented in the study of humanity? An American display of all man things from our domesticated woe.

  31. tomoosk says:

    I’ve wanted to go to burning man for ages but don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance 😦

  32. This sounds like a mecca for anyone creative, artistic, open to new things or adventure. I must go. Thank you for sharing!

  33. donotdanceuk says:

    What is about dancers and burning man?

  34. Great pictures, great post! Looks like the perfect recruiting ground for the next Charles Manson.

  35. I loved this. I need to get out there.

  36. meenopolis says:

    This looks amazing, I wish I could have been there.
    I’m sure I will someday !

  37. heybigmac says:

    Reblogged this on bigskydaze and commented:
    Bucket listed.

  38. Man oh man, just heard some wild stories from friends who were there…perhaps you remember forgetting meeting them?? NEXT YEAR at BURNING MAN! thank you for sharing!

  39. Josie says:

    My favorite post yet! Just read all the comments too, and lots of people seem to agree 🙂 You guys are amazing and I’m so glad you got featured! Breathtaking pics as usual, Joe. Can’t wait to see you guys today!!!! Xoxoxxoo

  40. meetfahad says:

    Very interesting..would love to travel in one of those mutant vehicles 🙂

  41. I am intrigued and just love that this exist. I had no idea. I am happy. I love the pictures. Thank you.

  42. Blue Aventurine says:

    Never would have known. Didn’t have a clue. Thanks for my “something new” for today 🙂

  43. ghummakkad says:

    An interesting event and super pictures. Need to see this in person! Congrats on being FB!

  44. Mellie Lang says:

    I found out about this about 13 years ago in a book all about it, whats cool is that it’s still not known by the masses, it really looks like a ‘real’ event which is quite unusual these days with marketing etc, love the photos, so inspiring 😉

  45. Reblogged this on JHENBAJENTING and commented:
    COOL! 🙂

  46. jenniesisler says:

    I can’t imagine how awesome this must be in person – it would be worth the trip to just see all the mutant vehicles – the first one looks like a Mad Max prop! I would love to go just to sit and write about everything – there’s poetry/prose/whatever in these photos and I’m sure that’s even more true in person. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  47. EverdayLivingPNW says:

    Burning man to me brings out an ideal that my personality could not handle…no worries, live in the present, embrace the now…with that said it is not judgement that i bestow on the evet but envey…that so many soals. An partake in an event designed to live in the moment! Kudos to them

  48. it’s my dream to go to burning man. seriously. your photos are absolutely incredible, i can’t even describe how jealous i am.

  49. PlayaBurner says:

    Wonderful photographs and descriptions – thank you for sharing! )'(

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