The massive sculptures that artists bring to the desert never ceases to blow my mind. One of my favorite pieces this year was Brainchild by Michael Christian. Not only was it visually stimulating, with an incredible concept, but it was completely climbable as well. I spent one night chillin’ with my Champagne Lounge campmate, Noel, up in the ‘brain’ part of the artwork. We me a couple of other guys and had a good time chatting it up with them for a bit. My only regret is not getting a shot of this at night. The ones I’ve seen have this incredible shadow created from the light within. Art has been known to grace the playa for more than one year at a time. Maybe it will come back and I’ll get to fulfill that desire after all.
This photo was shot as a panorama. I was using my 70-300 4.5-5.6 lens a lot this year. I really love the compression it creates in the backgrounds, but you have to stand really far back from your subject… which inevitably puts more things between you and your subject when in a public place. There were plenty of people walking by, I just had to be patient and wait for the right moment. I’ll shoot these photos knowing that I’ll be removing some of the people as they exit the path of my subject.
As always, click on the image below and it will take you to a high res version so you can view all the juicy details.