PULSE

December 19, 2017

2015 had some of the most incredible art on playa. This piece is called Brainchild by Michael Christian out of California. At 21 feet tall and 30 feet wide, I couldn’t imagine what it takes to bring something like this into the middle of the desert and install it securely enough for people to climb all over. I was at the right place and time to capture this tutu’d lady getting her climb on. It was like the perfect symbolism of red, depleted blood going in and oxygen rich, blue blood going out.

It’s a rainy day here in North Texas. We’ve been keeping busy with a few product photoshoots. I’m also in the middle of building an add-on of dry storage to my shed. Another thing keeping me busy has been working on my son’s 74 VW baja bug. A good friend of mine is a Volkswagen expert and he’s been getting it road worthy at his shop across town. I’d like to help, but I mostly just hang out and watch. He seems to enjoy the company and we usually wind up in a card game or playing music.

PREPPING THE ICARUS

December 15, 2017
All I can think about when I look back on the 2017 burn is the intense heat that we experienced that week. For some reason I brought a little digital thermometer with me and got it out during setup. At first I put it in the kitchen shade. The highest it got was 108° degrees f. 1-0-8. Holy crap! So just as a little experiment I placed it in the direct sun. It got up to 132°. Insane. Miserable.
I could barely maintain myself, could you imagine having to maintain an art car like the Icarus? They seemed to be having a few problems when I rode up. A few of the main lights were not working and the crew seemed pretty frazzled… but not in a bad way. Clearly they were still having a good time and maintaining positive spirits. A few were chatting and laughing with people as they rode up. I’m sure they got all systems back to going in short order. Can you believe this vehicle is also a scissor lift that goes 20 feet up into the air? Radical Madness!!!

Prepping the Icarus

VEIL OF CHAINS

DECEMBER 5, 2017

OMG…Two blog posts in two days? The world really has gone mad! Today’s photo is of this really cool lady I met a couple of times out on the playa. She was so giggly and really excited to have her photo taken. In fact, this is one of my favorites from the whole year! Her outfit was amazing and she really knew what she was doing when it comes to modeling.

Have you seen the Pinterest board of my Burning Man Gallery? I crop them to be a unique vertical size, but you can click through to see the full image.

It’s actually starting to cool off here in North Texas. Yesterday was a record setting 85 degrees, and I was sweating in shorts…in November.

Veil of Chains

DRAGON FIRE TEMPLE MOON

DECEMBER 4, 2017
It was such an unusual Burning Man this year. The heat was almost unbearable. There was the eclipse and something else going on with the sun that was affecting my heart. I was suffering sudden panic attacks badly while making the drive and would get some pretty intense palpitations. It was strangely comforting to hear that others were being affected in similar ways as well. After the event, these sensations just kind of faded away. This was the first temple burn in 7 years that I did not cry and I’m not really sure why. I still have questions.

Dragon Fire Temple Moon

BEAUTY AT EMBRACE

The more you get out and take portraits, the more comfortable and confident you will become. It’s like anything that you practice at, I suppose. It’s one of the cool things about being a human! I love the looks of the people at Burning Man. They seem to always be in their ‘best self’ mode. Along with these great attitudes and the incredible light that happens on the playa, it is literally a photographers paradise. Also by staying in a hyper-aware photo-taking mode, subjects seem to magically make themselves known as you explore this parallel universe that exists for a week every year. You think this photo is amazing? There is so much more. Simply click through on the photo to view my entire gallery!

Beauty at Embrace

APHEX CAMP

NOVEMBER 8, 2017
Aphex Camp is one of the sound camps located on the edge of the city. They face the speakers out away from the city as to not blast the residents of Black Rock City with too much bass. People actually have to sleep at some point. I like to visit and photograph these sound camps while I’m out shooting the art at night. It’s a nice break from the strange muffled sound that you hear in deep playa. There’s usually someone with crazy led’s or a hula hoop that will make for great light painting, but a tripod is definitely necessary.

Aphex Camp

GUARDIAN OF THE MILKY WAY

Here we go again… time to get back on the ol’ bloggin’ horse.
This is one of my favorite images that I’ve never shared on the blog. Apogaea, the Colorado Burning Man regional was super cool. After Bob and I finally got our space settled, we were able to enjoy the atmosphere and amazing art. The place definitely had the burner feel with amazing art, people in crazy outfits, great music and everyone having too much fun. This huge flaming owl was probably my favorite sculpture out there.

CAPTURE NEW YORK WORKSHOP

The Apple Store NYC – There are so many locations that we are hitting in December that I have never been to. Join us and you can learn my entire process of how I evaluate a new scene, how I search for dramatic and aesthetic and nonconventional views… and so much more. Spots are filling up, sign up today here!