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Every year thousands of people descend upon the all but the barren Black Rock Desert to build a community for Burning Man. It’s hard to explain this week-long event to outsiders and sometimes even to burners; as each person has a unique experience that can not be translated. The best I can say is Burning Man was everything I needed at the exact time I needed it, nothing less nothing more. I urge you to attend a Burn yourself, but at the very least this series of magical photographs from Burning Man 2017: Radical Ritual will help you understand why it is such a special place. These photos from the original Burning Man in Nevada, United States, focus on art pieces, art cars and the life of a burner on the Playa. Make sure to click READ MORE on the image below for an engaging visual experience and high-quality photos.
Burning Man Photography and Art Tour: Radical Ritual 2017
Camera and Equipment Used for Burning Man Photos.
I hope you enjoyed my engaging photography tour from the original Burning Man in the United States. I had a blast taking my camera out on the Playa to capture these special moments. To protect my camera I used a freezer bag, cut a hole in the corner and duct taped it around the lens. I brought a cleaning brush and lens wipes and took daily care of it. I was surprised at how well my camera held up. Next time I will hopefully have an element proof camera in tow. All photos were taken either on my Olympus OM-DEM10 or on a Google Pixel. Both were great for the environment we were in and I was happy to come out with some great night and day photos. I do wish I would have brought my tripod, as I got some fantastic shots of The Man Burning, but either the fire or the fireworks were a little too blurry to publish.
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Those shots are so cool. It’s amazing that all of the dust didn’t totally clog up your camera.
Wow! I’m sooo amazed! I’ve heard a lot about Burning Man, but your pictures tell such a powerful story. I hope to make it there one day. Good job capturing the essence of the event. And I loved the way you used Adobe Spark to present the photos!
I’ve been hearing a lot about the Burning man of late. To tell you the truth, I’m curious enough to make a trip there some day. Lugging around a tripod may have been difficult.
Oh my life, I can’t even deal with these photos. I’m so so SO desperate to go to Burning Man. I’m so jealous! Thanks for sharing these.
I’m in awe of your experience! It really looks like you had the chance to enter a whole other world. All of those art installations are absolutely magnificent – the giant wheel with skeletons sent chills up my spine. I hope I get to go to a burn in the future (and thank you for introducing me to Adobe Sparks).
Omg this is amazing!! I love it! The art is so vibrant and intriguing and thought provoking. So much more than I expected!! Thank you so much for sharing. I just added something to my bucket lidt!!
Gorgeous photos ! My favorite is the magical pegasus spreads its wing… so magical. I have heard about Burning Man for many years. It is one of those unique US events ! While it never really seemed like my personal type of entertainment, now I am intrigued ! I guess Burning Man is not for everyone, but could be everything to a certain person. What’s “weird” to one could be “life-changing” for another ;-)
Burning Man looks amazing! I have wanted to go for years but have never made it out there. Your photos are convincing me to look into it for next year!!
I’ve been DYING to go to Burning Man! Your pictures are phenomenal!
My husband has been wanting to go to this for years! I showed him your post and it made him want to go all the more! Love it!
You’ve managed to get some incredible shots here! (think I’d be too scared to risk it with my DSLR!) Burning Man has been on my bucket list for so many years, did you go in costume?
Wow, what an amazing event. I think my favourite part of your photos were all the people. Their outfits are so unique and interesting. I’d never go to Burning Man because it’s just not my thing, but I could imagine that my daughter would one day.
I am strangely fascinated by Burning Man, but have no desire to actually go. I love looking at photos of the festival, though, and yours are beautiful!
Amazes me that this has become so popular! I am a huge wimp and would never make it through this festival but I love seeing the artwork after displayed in Reno and Las Vegas
I didn’t realize how much art was a part of this celebration until I started seeing your posts on IG. All of these pieces are amazing – as is your photography of them. And that outfit the cyclist is wearing still makes me laugh/cringe/wonder all at the same time!!! ;-) Haha
Great to hear your camera didn’t get destroyed! These are such great photos!
Your photos are simply incredible! I felt like I was there. Also, mad props for managing these photos in a DESERT. I’m terrified to bring our camera to the beach but you kept yours safe and clean!!
Stunning photos. Each evokes a sense of place and pulls you right into the scene. You can feel the heat, as well as the grains of sand in your teeth as if you were there next to the subjects. Beautiful photo essay on such an iconic festival.
Wow Susanna I never heard of this til you mentioned it in the grip !! Sounds so amazing and fab pics you shared!!!
The photos here give only a snapshot into such a cool event. I’ve always wondered what Burning Man was and the photos here make me want to go just to shoot it. How cool you were able to protect your camera like that. Good tip for anyone spending time near a lot of sand.
The photos are super stunning in the “read more” section and your post on Burning Man really made me feel I’ve been living under a rock, as I’ve never heard of this…… but I want to go photograph and see these amazing images and experience such an event. Great post, loved it.
Love how you prepared the camera & presented things from several angles. I must check Adobe Spark now! Would love to attend one day but heat is too hard for me.
Spectacular photos! The feature photo reminds me of some kind of alien pod lol, and I really love the Pegasus! I’ve always wanted to go to Burning Man. I hope maybe someday I’ll make it out there. In the meantime, thanks for letting me live through your photos! <3
Frankly speaking, I had never heard about the burning man! What a curious and quirky little event! Dont know what to make of it yet. Would love to check it out sometime. Nice snaps too!
Amazing photography :D I hope I get to see this in real someday :D
I LOVE the photos. They chromatic is soooo good. I would love to actually check out the burning man, but although we’ve been talking about it for years we never got round to it. It looks like out type of place!
Insane photos! I really like the narwhal ship on wheels. I’ve been dreaming about attending this event for the longest time. Hopefully next year I will get a chance to experience it!
I’m always so torn on west coast music events. I live in Arizona so I know how hot it can get. On the other hand it looks like an incredible experience. The shots you got were amazing!
Amazing photos! Love all the art and creativity at Burning Man. Ursa Mater by Lisa and Robert Ferguson is a really cool piece of art, and I love that it is made out of pennies. I can see how the experience could be difficult to write about–it definitely seems like a lot to take in and it would be interesting to experience for ourselves sometime!