September 04, 2008

That Thing In The Desert

The theme this year was "American Dream".

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As ever, click on any photo to see a larger version.



welcome to

the vacant heart

of the wild west




welcome-to

I spent my first day heavily sleep deprived, because it took me five hours to traverse the twenty miles from Gerlach to the Gate.

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Dawn at the Gate.

As ever, the Man himself was something of an attention magnet.

sun-king

A triptych from the 11-story steel structure Babylon (aka "The Hilton"):

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One of the most difficult things about any attempt to describe Black Rock City is the total and utter transformation the city undergoes at dawn and dusk; day and night are like two different cities. You really have to be there to understand, but here are a few comparable shots:

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Day Man and Night Man.


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Day tree.

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Night tree.


mutopia-day
The Flaming Lotus Girls' Mutopia, easily the most awesome thing on the playa this year, by day.

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By night.


I camped with Snack Food Glory Hole, aka Best. Camp. Ever.

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The glory hole.

We snacked hundreds of hungry mouths.

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SFGH in action.

On Monday and Saturday, dust storms raged.

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Some people raged back.

Things got a little Mad Max around our camp.

dusty-paul dusty-pepper
Pol's hair is not normally gray. Pepper's skin is not normally gray.

Eventually it cleared up, and someone told Jesse to stick a cork in it.

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By then the dust had gummed up my shutter some.

The next day I departed for reality.

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I was not alone. Exodus took three hours.

the-end

1 Comments:

Blogger Michael Hardner said...

hey.... thanks for the Snack Food GH idea... we stole it for the Toronto Regional Burn

4:26 PM  

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