I love Instagram, because I get peaks into all these worlds, all these events that I will probably never experience firsthand.
Burning Man will definitely be one of them.
It is provocative and visually inspiring, but I am no “wild child” and if you read my previous post you’ll recall I personally prefer a layered existence. Body paint not necessary, no sirree.
My husband, “Magnum” sits in his corner shaking his head at me, at my promoting such a scandalous event.
Are you thinking, “Vi are you going to explain what this Burning Man is all about?”
After this post was initially published, I realized from a couple of comments that I was not the very last to learn about this! Yes, I live on a remote desert mountain and sometimes the trip to the brain can be an incredibly rocky and slow one.
Burning Man takes place annually under the hot Nevada desert sun for a full week around the beginning of September. In its first year, in 1990, there was around 80 in attendance and it has bloomed since to just under 66,000 this year! It has grown to be a massive event. This unbelievable mass of people congregate to form a makeshift, temporary town for the week called “Black Rock City”. I could go on and on according to Wikipedia, because I haven’t been there firsthand, but I found the following article to be a great first-hand account:
“Consider: this is a week-long art party in a handmade city in an environment that is doing its level best to kill you. Either the sun is baking dry ground that is blinding white, leeching water from your body, or the wind is blasting mile-high storms of dust across this enormous barren plain at fifty miles an hour, enough to take your tent away if it isn’t attached to rebar, or a starry desert night is damn-near freezing you to death.
Occasionally the climate likes to remind you you’re actually partying on an ancient lake bed — the playa — and rains for days until the solid dusty ground turns to thick soupy mud that adds inches to your shoes in seconds. . . People who are brought roaringly to life in this killer of a desert, and fight fiercely to build an all-inclusive volunteer-driven civilization that lasts for as long as a mayfly.”
Source: Chris Taylor, Mashable, 2014.
I guess I’m just drawn to its exuberant nature and its unique communal philosophy.
All those people joining together out in a vast openness, a virtual middle of nowhere for a week and then turn around and leave nothing behind to go back to their daily existence. Its pretty extraordinary:
“And the creativity continues to be off the charts. It’s not worth wasting words here describing the unimaginable creations that dot every inch of the playa. If you have any doubts, just check out the pictures.
But if Burning Man was just about cool sculptures, impressive art cars, and amazing outfits, then it wouldn’t be that interesting to me. It’s also about building a city with a different set of norms, where giving is the currency, creativity the common bond, and openness the expectation.”
Source: Daniel Souweine, 2015.
So what’s the controversy that “Magnum” is leery of? It isn’t difficult to imagine that with all this exuberant atmosphere of creatives and wanna-bes in this symbolically temporary city, there will be some that will act with abandonment. If you research the event you will encounter numerous references to the drug trade, alcohol consumption, and annual arrests. Par for the course. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
“No worries, it’s not for me.” I tell him . . . but then I read an article.
Probably propaganda, but I do admit the door is now a little ajar.
Why go to Burning Man? Grown woman with children, gray hair, and sweat pants. Why?
How about this perspective, courtesy of Ben Parr excerpted from his insightful article.:
“When our lives stagnate, we lose our ability to innovate, think creatively, and take risks. There is nothing more tragic. You don’t need Burning Man to challenge yourself, but I have never encountered a place or experience that has challenged so many people so completely. Black Rock City’s magic is in its experiences, many of which you will never find anywhere else on earth. So, my advice to you is simple: Don’t be afraid to try something completely out of your comfort zone, whether it’s Burning Man or something else. Your career, your relationships, and your mind will thank you.”
I definitely don’t feel stagnate nowadays and uninspired, but I agree with Mr. Parr that a brain is a tragic thing to waste. I can imagine that this could be a symptom of easy urban living.
So please join me in bowing low to these talented perspectives who have generously shared their magical moments with the Instagram world. May you always be remembered and appreciated.
Click on their IG name on the top-left for their gallery page and on the left, if you are logged in to IG – you can easily follow their amazing views.
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Just had to end with another capture of this lovely lady. All the light of the world rests in her hand.
Note: I have made an effort to search these images for Google in an attempt to only feature valid talent. Please relay if I have overlooked and posted a stolen image. I believe in giving credit to where it is due.
A good friend also brought this video to my attention . . . I think she really wants me to go. . .
What do you think?!
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