The MEDUSA MADNESS sculpture was one of the coolest things at Black Rock City this year. It took the crew all week to get it together, but it really put on a show after the Temple burn on Sunday. Because I was in the neighborhood of Center Camp, I saw this thing coming and going several times a day as I ventured out to the playa. The last day they added the flame effects and even had a DJ in the brain of the sculpture. Everyone was dancing around having a great time.
Because it was in such a popular area, it was really tough to get a clear shot of it. I would stand in one spot as people walked and rode by. Many others stopped for photos and to simply hang out. I can’t blame them, and it certainly wasn’t something I would get upset about. They were enjoying the awesomeness just as much as I was. I would take several photos from the same location knowing I would piece it together later in Photoshop. As a section of the sculpture would open up, I would grab another photo. This one happened to be during a severe dust storm. I was headed back to camp (as were many others seeking shelter) and saw that it was pretty clear of people. It only took about 5 shots to get this. The 3 people left were not going to budge. I like them there, though. Adding people to a composition such as this really gives it a sense of scale… plus they look super cool.