A Walkabout Tour of Black Rock City… Burning Man

The fun of going on a walkabout at Burning Man is you never know what will come up next, such as King Kong wearing a tutu.

The fun of going on a walkabout at Burning Man is that you never know what will come up next, such as King Kong wearing a tutu…

I am about to wrap up my series on Burning Man 2015 so I thought I’d take you on a walkabout tour of Black Rock City. It gives me a chance to slip in the photos I liked but couldn’t fit into the stories I was telling. This post and my next will primarily be photo essays. My final blog will be on the celebration surrounding the Burning of the Man.

Or maybe a jet airplane hosting a DJ.

This jet was hosting a DJ.

Dancing and music are an integral part of Burning Man. The event attacks some of the top DJs in the world who spin their tunes for free at Burning Man.

Dancing and music are an integral part of Burning Man. The event attracts some of the top DJs in the world. They spin their tunes for free at Burning Man. The size of the speakers equates with the loudness of the music. The major dance venues are relegated to the outer limits of Black Rock City, which is a good thing.

Large camps along the Esplanade are common along the Esplanade, Burning Man's main street.

Large camps are common along the Esplanade, Burning Man’s main street. This devilish clown had great character.

As was this, um, beauty.

As did this, um, bounteous beauty.

I caught this guy staring at her.

I caught this guy ogling  her.

Several million photos will be taken at Burning Man each year and this is how we photographers like to view ourselves with fancy equipment, standing tall...

Several million photos are taken at Burning Man each year and this is how we photographers like to view ourselves with fancy equipment, standing tall. Note the professional handling of the camera.

This is more the reality... lying in the dirt.

This is more the reality… lying in the dirt, posed under a woman with a whip.

Or butt up in the air while eating Playa dust... all for the sake of art.

Or butt up in the air while eating Playa dust… all for the sake of art.

I prefer my models posed on the same level I am. Being a nature lover, I couldn't resist these bunnies.

I prefer my models posed on the same level I am. Being a nature lover, I couldn’t resist these collar wearing rabbits. Or are they supposed to be bunnies?

It always pays to look up. You never know what may be flying out of the sky.

It always pays to look up. You never know what may be up in the air, such as this flying motorcycle. (Photo by Don Green.)

This heavy equipment was up in the air as well. Now you know how all of the large sculptures and buildings are put up.

This heavy equipment was up in the air as well. Now you know how all of the large sculptures and buildings are put up.

This is another way the equipment was used. The large block is being raised into the air to toss a burning piano that is affixed to the other end of the tower.

This is another way the equipment was used. The large block is being raised into the air to toss a burning piano that is affixed to the other end of the tower. I’ve included a video by Don Green of the toss as my final entry of the day. NEXT BLOG: We will continue our walkabout tour of Black Rock City.

30 comments on “A Walkabout Tour of Black Rock City… Burning Man

  1. Curt, I was hooked on your blog from the first post I read, and I’ve been following it ever since. Not only do I enjoy your photography and writing, but I like the way you structure and group posts. Thank you for sharing your travels and for being an inspiration to this fellow blogger. I look forward to following your upcoming trip with Peggy. I would love to read more posts from her. She did a great job writing about the Cotswolds garden tour earlier this year.

    • Glad you are enjoying the tour! Thanks. And I shared with Peggy. She laughed, and then noted the work that goes into blogging. Usually she just shares photos and makes me do the work. (grin) But I will continue to encourage her to do guest blogs. –Curt

  2. Who wouldn’t want to be a photographer at Burning Man!!! But maybe there should be a BM invention: dust cover. Whew! All that stooping under women with whips could do in a photographer’s equipment (in more ways that one)! Thanks soooo much for sharing these pictures.

  3. Did Peggy not go this year? Haven’t seen one snap of her or did I miss it? While I don’t baby my camera equipment, I’ll be honest and I would be very concerned of dust getting onto my sensor if I were to change lenses. Does dust get into your camera?

    • Right on Peggy, Koji. She had just returned from a trip to England that she had gone on with her sister. I did in a camera my first year. Now I actually do all of my photography with a Canon S100 Powershot. There are a lot of expensive cameras around. Photographers use various methods of protecting them. Nothing beats the dust 100%. –Curt

      • Indeed. In the “old days”, we were worried about dust but not in the way we are today. I remember using that camel hair brush with a small rubber balloon at the end… and this was even before Dust-Off! I hope Peggy had a grand time!

      • I have to confess, you have me on the camel hair brush with the balloon… but I need to know more. 🙂 Peggy and Jane visited the Cotswolds and loved it. I even had her do some guest blogs on her experience. Her comment afterwards: wow, that resembles work! -Curt

  4. Just out of curiosity, how long does it take to recover from this little experience? I’d think you would be exhausted in every way possible by the time it’s over. I get a sense of being overwhelmed just reading your posts — I’d think actually being there would be quite something.

    • The first two years, the recovery was substantial. Since then, not so much. I’ve learned ways of sleeping through the night. The secret: two noisy, battery operated fans that drown out the noise and provide air moment. If it is unbearably hot, I put a wet towel over me and the evaporation provides a true cooling effect. I am not above slipping in a nap in the afternoon. Riding the bikes provides lots of exercise. Now, for the folks who stay up all night, it is a different story. –Curt

  5. So I just sat back to see if I could begin catching up on Curt’s world, and this is how far back I had to go to find the first one I didn’t see. Good heavens what a lot of catching up! I look forward to all of it, though I promise not to comment on every one. 😉

    My fave shots in this post are the ones of photographers telling the story of what we want to look like (dare I say, romantically imagine ourselves to be) vs. our realities. That would be me, with dirty butt in the air. I do love those shots from ground level.

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