Once a year, in the sandy desert of Black Rock in Nevada, is a unique celebration that radicals of all kinds flock to. The ultimate city for the free spirits, we welcome you to Burning Man.
The name Burning Man comes from the symbolic ritual of burning a wooden effigy “The Man”. The reason why Burning Man is not an ordinary event, but a city itself, is because it has its own communal rules: radical inclusion, self-reliance, and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy, and leaving no trace.
Technically, Burning Man is a late summer event meant to rejoice over experimentation of art and community, but for some Lomographers, Burning Man is part of their special analogue grind. A fleeting, yearly mecca. Our very own LomoAmigo Luca Mercedes had a first-hand experience of this temporary city:
“The moment you get off of the pavement of route 34 is simply something you can’t compare with anything else. ‘A city? Isn’t Burning Man a festival?!’ — some would ask. Well, no! This city built with the sweat and love of so many people from all walks of life only to last for the blink of an eye.”
Burning Man is like a blank canvas for artists of all kind. For the Lomographer? It's where anything goes — dramatic dusk-and-dawn silhouettes, extreme angles, spontaneous, head-turning accidents, cinematic landscapes, and other Mad Max-type of crazy. The next Burning Man event will start on August 26 running through September 3. Visit their website to plan ahead your next Lomographic journey.
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