I’ve been sorting through and categorizing my Burning Man photos, all 11 years’ worth including 2004-5-6-7-9-10-12-13-14-15 and 17. As you might imagine, there are several thousand pictures. I’ve created 15 categories and will do posts on several of my favorites from each category over the next few weeks. My plan is to use Mondays and Wednesdays for my Burning Man posts and Fridays for my Pacific Crest Trail posts. Expect a few other subjects on Fridays as Peggy and I wander.
I debated with myself over how to kick the series off. Frankly, starting anywhere works when focusing in on the creativity of this annual event in the remote Nevada desert. Art is everywhere. Appreciating and enjoying it is the primary reason I have returned to Black Rock City again and again. Of course, people go to the event for many other reasons as well, such as dancing and drinking to the rolling thunder of heavy metal into the wee hours of the morning. They also go to see and be seen, to dress up in elaborate costumes, to attend lectures, to escape from their everyday worlds, and to participate in and contribute to Burning Man’s unique culture. The latter is central to the event. I consider photographing the art and sharing it with you as part of my contribution.
One of the most creative endeavors at Burning Man is the building of mutant vehicles, which is undertaken by both individuals and groups, or tribes as they are sometimes called out on the Playa. They are three ways to get around at Burning Man: to walk, to bike (which most do) or to travel in radically altered vehicles— i.e. mutants. Normal cars, vans, trucks, etc. must be parked. Mutant vehicles come in a variety of forms from bugs, to animals, to ships, to you name it. Today I am going to focus on dragons, most of whom breathe fire! Now, back to the green dragon featured at the top of the post.
NEXT POST: From dragons to bugs, to cats, and hippos! More mutant vehicles.
33 thoughts on “Magnificent Mutant Dragons… 11 Years of Burning Man Art”
Every now and then, something at Burning Man really catches my interest, and this time it was the alligator. Of course it was from the NOLA tribe. Most of the time, we use duct tape to wrap up that snout, but when you’re dealing with a BM gator, with that really substantial size and weight, you’d better bring in the chains!
I think you are right about the alligator, Linda. I had similar thoughts. No doubt, it was a magnificent creature and hung out near the NOLA camp! –Curt
Curt, magnificent images.
You’d go crazy with your camera there, Tim. Or maybe you’ve been? –Curt
Yes I would. I’ve not been. I’ve thought about it but it’s a bit too primitive than I’d care for.
The camping or the life-style? 🙂
The camping. My queen size mattress doesn’t travel well.
Laughing. Our 22 foot van has a king sized bed in it. Now, my mattress summer I was backpacking with was about 3 feet across. –Curt
The camper is perfect.
The only problem is that it is filled with fine dust after the windstorms rip across the Playa. Takes forever to clean it out. –Curt
Yes, it can be bad. That type of dust gets everywhere. Ugh!!!
Including ears, eyes, and cameras!
The pros go to considerable trouble to protect their cameras, Tim.
You have to. Dust like that is one of the reasons I prefer to use one lens, the Tamron 16-300mm. It has great versatility.
Peggy and I use the Tamron 16-300 on our EOS Rebel T6i as well. I’ve been using a Tamron’s multi-purpose lens for close to 30 years. –Curt
Fantastic. I shot with a Rebel T3i for many years until I upgraded to the 70D a couple of years ago. I needed greater light sensitivity. The Rebel is a great camera.
Where is St George when you need him!
It would be impossible to pick a favorite dragon. The Burning Man artists did their magic once again!
Always, G. 🙂 –Curt
An extraordinary collection!
Thanks, Len. They always make great photo subjects. –Curt
Such awesome creatures!
Aren’t they Kelly. It’s always fun to go to Burning Man and see the latest creations. –Curt
These photos are amazing. I’m looking forward to your Burning Man post days, what a great idea!
Thanks Sylvia. I’ve been planning on going through and organizing my Burning Man photos for years. So I am inspired. 🙂 –Curt
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Glad you found the post useful. Many more to come.
These dragons, or at least some, seem to have day and night personalities. Wowza. Glad to see the alligator has a chain muzzle on!
Most of the beasties and much of the art have definite day and night personalities, Sue. In fact, the whole event takes on a different personality at night. Best to muzzle a dragon if you are planning on any personal encounters! 🙂 –Curt
Glad to see you’re dragon us into another visit with the crazy art of Burning Man.
Always fun to play around with Burning Man posts, Dave. It gets me fired up. –Curt