My last blog post,
, was pretty serious. It was so difficult to write I’m giving myself (and those of you who read Star-Spangled Following Serendipity) a break.
I was gifted with the name Serendipity during my first
Burning Man experience. Burning Man is one of the wildest, most formative events of my current lifetime, and this week I’ll share some of its spectacular images with you. All of these photographs were taken by me or my husband.
Burning Man has a set of
guiding principles, and this photo essay is loosely arranged around them. Enjoy! Radical Inclusion
I felt the spirit of radical inclusion dancing with this man at the opening ceremony.
One year radical inclusion meant inviting groups who sponsored regional burns, events much smaller than the main event, to bring art projects that were burned together a few nights before the Man. Gifting
In the middle of deep desert, someone has given the gift of shade.
One theme camp gave us the gift of nearly-naked zip-lining, complete with a mattress to crash into at the bottom of the slope. Decommodification
Burning Man prohibits corporate sponsorship, although it does offer grants to help create exquisite artwork like the shipwreck in the desert this crowd is enjoying.
This Burning Man Warrior is wearing clothing by Goodwill. Bicycle donated by Ben. Radical Self-Reliance
Keeping an air-cooled VW engine running in the desert is the very definition of self-reliance.
Radically self reliant in hat to block the sun, dust mask and head covering to face the storms, goggles, and guitar. Radical Self-Expression
These proud women march topless in the parade known as Critical Tits.
My own radical act of self expression — going out braless in a see-through negligee — was a huge, brave leap, and felt empowering and amazing. Communal Effort
Some of the art at Burning Man is kinetic, but you must cooperate to get the full effect.
A hardcore crew spends as much as a month in the desert creating the infrastructure that we use at Burning Man, including the Man himself. Civic Responsibility
While the Burn is an epic jaunt of wildness and creative chaos, there are perimeters set up to keep crowds as safe as possible manned by volunteer firefighters and the Black Rock City Rangers.
We all wait patiently for the man to fall so we can circle closer to the flames. Leaving No Trace
There is no public trash collection at Burning Man. This artist decided to burn his project instead of packing it out.
Burners are expected to chase down MOOP — matter out of place — and help keep tiny particles that might blow off of costumes or artwork from littering the pristine desert we have invaded for these eight days. Participation
When you participate, you become part of the art.
If you participate, you can fly. Immediacy
Is there anything more immediate than watching the sun rise over a hatching dragon?
Immediacy can be about looking inside yourself in order to overcome barriers that keep you from living in beauty. Trusting the universe is something I would like to be better at.