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Photos from Black Rock Desert, Nevada

 

astroturf-slide / You can use cardboard to slide down the giant astroturf ramp at Burning Man

astroturf-slide-burning-man / Astoturf slide at Burning Man

before-the-burn / Fire spinners perform in front of the Burning Man sculpture before Saturday evening's burn

bike-boat / Motorcycle boat

bike-riders / Bike riders

black-rock-city-2009 / Black Rock City, aka Burning Man 2009, which peaked at over 42,000 people this year

blowjobs-for-the-needy / Women offering blowjobs for the needy -- if you fill out a form and they approve

body-painted-1 / Body being painted at Burning Man

body-painted-2 / Body being painted at Burning Man

body-painted-3 / Body being painted at Burning Man

bondage-scene-1 / Bondage scene at Burning Man

bondage-scene-2 / Bondage scene at Burning Man

bondage-scene-3 / Bondage scene at Burning Man

bondage-scene-4 / Bondage scene at Burning Man

book-sculpture / Artist and his book-man sculpture

boundary-fence-burning-man / Boundary fence at Burning Man

brad-templeton / Brad Templeton at Burning Man

bride-at-sunset / Bride at Burning Man at sunset

buddha-bunny-burning-man / The Buddha Bunny at Burning Man

burning-bike / Man burning Schwinn bicycle

burning-man-2006 / Dusk falls over Black Rock City at Burning Man 2006

burning-man-2006-fire / Fire dancers spin before the Burning Man sculpture is lit

burning-man-2006-fire-spinners / Fire spinners before the Burning Man sculpture is lit on Saturday night

burning-man-astroturf-slide / Astoturf slide at Burning Man

burning-man-at-night / Soon-to-be-incinerated Burning Man sculpture at night

burning-man-at-sunset / Burning Man at sunset

burning-man-bondage / Woman being whipped on playa

burning-man-bunnies / Burning Man attendees dressed up, loosely, as bunnies pose for photographs

burning-man-cat-art-car / Everyone at Burning Man should try a ride in a cat-shaped furry car at least once

burning-man-cathedral-wedding / A naked couple, who said they have nothing to hide, get married in the Conexus Cathedral at Burning Man

burning-man-costumes / Tip for those planning costumes at Burning Man: keep it short and skimpy, if you can, or beaded, furred, and flashy

burning-man-crossroads / Crossroads at Burning Man, pointing to Seattle, Detroit, Cape Town

burning-man-dance / An impromptu dance at Burning Man

burning-man-dancing / One of many geodesic domes, this one used for dancing, at Burning Man

burning-man-drum-set / Drum set near boundary fence at Burning Man

burning-man-dust-devil / Dust devil, or whirlwind, in the desert at Burning Man

burning-man-entrance / Dust and a long line of cars at the entrance to Burning Man on Monday afternoon

burning-man-erogenous-zone / Burning Man's "Erogenous Zone," around 8:45 and Anxiety, with seats and shade structures that resembled large furry genitalia

burning-man-evil-art-car / This art car at Burning Man was both colorful and satisfyingly evil

burning-man-evolution / The 2009 Burning Man, atop a DNA strand representing evolution

burning-man-fabric-art / A white fabric and art installation at Burning Man, around 8:30 and Esplanade

burning-man-fire-1 / Flame engulfs the Burning Man sculpture during the annual Saturday evening ritual

burning-man-fire-2 / Flame engulfs the Burning Man sculpture during the annual Saturday evening ritual

burning-man-fire-3 / Flame engulfs the Burning Man sculpture during the annual Saturday evening ritual

burning-man-fire-dancers / Fire dancers perform before the Burning Man sculpture is lit on Saturday night

burning-man-fire-dancers / Fire dancers perform before the Burning Man sculpture is lit on Saturday night

burning-man-fire-march / Fire dancers march toward the Burning Man sculpture, which seems to be distorted by the heat from the flame

burning-man-fire-organ / A mobile art exhibit at Burning Man: an organ that emits both fire and surprisingly recognizable musical notes

burning-man-fire-spinner / Fire spinner at Burning Man

burning-man-fire-spinners / Fire spinners on stage at Burning Man

burning-man-fireworks / Fireworks erupt from the Burning Man sculpture as he's lit aflame on Saturday evening

burning-man-fireworks-2006 / Fireworks erupt from the Burning Man sculpture as he's lit aflame on Saturday evening

burning-man-internet-connection / Member of "Camp I Am" at 8:45 and Esplanade adjusts directional WiFi antenna pointing at Center Camp for Internet access at Burning Man

burning-man-labyrinth / Walkable labyrinth at 2009 Burning Man

burning-man-martian / Burning Man's harsh desert environment resembles Mars, as this metal sculpture resembles a Martian lander from War of the Worlds

burning-man-mondo-spider / The Mondo Spider, a Burning Man-funded art project, with legs that move independently and can turn in circles

burning-man-moonrise / Moonrise over 2009 Burning Man effigy

burning-man-nest / Tree house-like art project called Nest at Burning Man

burning-man-night / Saturday night -- the night of the burn -- at Burning Man

burning-man-pink-blue-green-red-costume / A red, pink, blue, and green costume at Burning Man

burning-man-pink-bus / A double-decker pink bus roams the playa at Burning Man, playing music and dispatching dancers

burning-man-playa / Burning Man playa at night, with art cars in foreground and dancing in the back

burning-man-playa-2006 / Center of the playa, the Burning Man sculpture, in 2006

burning-man-port-a-potties / Port-a-potties at Burning Man 2009

burning-man-rabbits / Burning Man attendees dressed up, loosely, as rabbits pose for photographs

burning-man-see-saw / A true Burning Man project: An industrial-strength see-saw

burning-man-spinning-chairs / Time lapse of spinning illuminated chairs, an art installation at Burning Man 2009

burning-man-star-wars-art-car / An "art car" at Burning Man that looks like one of those vehicles that the Jawas drove in Star Wars on Tatooine

burning-man-stilts / Stilts are a popular way to explore the playa at Burning Man

burning-man-stilts-walking / Walking with stilts is a popular way to explore the playa at Burning Man

burning-man-temple / Burning Man attendees write missives to loved ones on the temple, created by artist Mark Grieve, that's burnt at the end of the festival

burning-man-temple-2009 / Burning Man 2009 temple by David Umlas and Marrilee Ratcliffe

burning-man-temple-closeup / Closeup of missives to loved ones written on the temple at Burning Man, created by artist Mark Grieve

burning-man-temple-missives / Missives to loved ones are written on the temple at Burning Man, created by artist Mark Grieve

burning-man-tetherball-chaotick / Flaming powered tetherball at Burning Man, an art installation called The Chaotick

burning-man-thunderdome / Death Guild's fighting thunderdome at Burning Man

burning-man-war-of-the-worlds / Burning Man's harsh desert environment resembles Mars, as this metal sculpture resembles a Martian lander from War of the Worlds

burning-man-white-fabric-art / A white fabric and art installation at Burning Man, around 8:30 and Esplanade

busted / Rangers bust man with van, apparently for drug possession

cactus-on-fire / The best way to stay warm during a chilly desert evening: a cactus that breathes fire

camp-i-am-payphone-atm / Brad Templeton and other members of "Camp I Am" set up a (working but free) payphone and playa-style ATM at Burning Man

carpet-pants / Man with unusual legging at Burning Man

center-camp-message-board / Center Camp's colorful and disorganized message board at Burning Man

chess-art / Art project on playa

cirque-bezerk / The big top at Burning Man's Cirque Bezerk, akin to a mildly risque version of Cirque du Soleil

cleaning-up / Cleaning up after Burning Man

clif-cox / Clif Cox at Burning Man, in front of shade structure he designed

climbing / Climbing down from scaffolding

coffee-house / Coffee house, Burning Man style (one passerby shouted Fuck Starbucks!)

conexus-cathedral-burning-man / The Conexus Cathedral, a magnificent art installation rising over 50 feet in the air from the playa floor

critical-tits-ride-2006-1 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-10 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-11 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-2 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-3 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-4 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-5 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-6 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-7 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-8 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2006-9 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2006 "Critical Tits" ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-1 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-10 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-11 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-12 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless, or completely naked, in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-13 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-14 / An appreciative Burning Man festival attendee watches thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride

critical-tits-ride-2009-15 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-2 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-3 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-4 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-5 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-6 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-7 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-8 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

critical-tits-ride-2009-9 / Thousands of women empower themselves by going topless in the 2009 Critical Tits bicycle ride at Burning Man

cubatron / Burning Man festival attendees staring up at the Cubatron, an art installation by Mark Lottor

cupcake-art-cars / Probably the most unique art cars in 2006: mobile cupcakes

dance-dance-immolation / The natural successor to "Dance Dance Revolution," is, of course, "Dance Dance Immolation," which blasts misstepping participants with flame

dazzle-dancers-1 / Dazzle Dancer troupe performing at Burning Man

dazzle-dancers-2 / Dazzle Dancer troupe performing at Burning Man

dazzle-dancers-3 / Dazzle Dancer troupe performing at Burning Man

dazzle-dancers-4 / Dazzle Dancer troupe performing at Burning Man

dazzle-dancers-5 / Dazzle Dancer troupe performing at Burning Man

dazzle-dancers-6 / Dazzle Dancer troupe performing at Burning Man

dazzle-dancers-7 / Dazzle Dancer troupe performing at Burning Man

dazzle-dancers-8 / Dazzle Dancer troupe performing at Burning Man

death-guild-thunderdome / Death Guild's Thunderdome at Burning Man: ritual combat with soft objects that still look threatening

death-guild-thunderdome-burning-man / Death Guild's Thunderdome at Burning Man: ritual combat with soft objects that still look threatening

death-guild-thunderdome-by-day / Death Guild's Thunderdome at Burning Man: "Fights last as long as we say"

death-guild-thunderdome-fight / Death Guild's Thunderdome at Burning Man: "Two men enter, one man leaves"

death-guild-thunderdome-fighting / Death Guild's Thunderdome at Burning Man: "Days Since Last Injury: 0"

department-of-homeland-security-at-burning-man / This Black Rock City "Homeland Security" agent probably wasn't the real thing

department-of-tethered-aviation / Department of Tethered Aviation, who fly ultralight kites, gave out these colorful ones at Burning Man

dragonfly-art-car / Dragonfly art car at Burning Man

dust-storm-1 / Dust storm silhouette

dust-storm-2 / Woman with bike in dust storm

dust-storm-3 / Bike in dust storm

dust-storm-lamplighters / Lamplighters braving dust storm

entheon-village-burning-man / Entheon Village at Burning Man, which includes the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies and the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors

eve-and-apple / Woman calling herself Eve giving passers-by a bite of the apple at Burning Man

evolution-in-action-art / Art project at Burning Man showing evolution in action

federal-ranger / U.S. Ranger, lost and asking directions to center camp

fire-organ / A mobile art exhibit at Burning Man: an organ that emits both fire and surprisingly recognizable musical notes

fire-organ-burning-man / A mobile art exhibit at Burning Man: an organ that emits both fire and surprisingly recognizable musical notes

fire-wheel-burning-man / Fire wheel, showering sparks from burning wood, at Burning Man

flaming-robot / Flaming robot-like device that is lit at night

flintstones-art-car / Flintstones art car at Burning Man

foam-fight / Foam fighting

foozball / Woman playing so-called foozball at Burning Man

funky-bike / Funky bicycle parked on playa, lit up

giant-phallus / Giant phallus

grooving / Man grooving

groping-hands / Anonymous groping hands

gun-sculpture / Martini glass sculpture made by anti-gun activist of recycled so-called assault weapons

head-art / Art project on playa

hiking / Hiking across playa

hula-hoop / Woman with hula hoop

ice-cream-woman / Woman offering ice cream to all passers-by

john-perry-barlow / John Perry Barlow one morning at Burning Man

kelley-family / The Kelley family, with Robert, center, at Burning Man

lamplighters-burning-man / Lamplighters at Burning Man

leeloo-fifth-element / Burning Man festivalgoer dressed as Leeloo from the movie Fifth Element

martian-art-project / What resembles a Martian attack vehicle from War of the Worlds is an art project framed by a sunset here in Black Rock City

martian-art-project-sunset / What resembles a Martian attack vehicle from War of the Worlds is an art project framed by a sunset here in Black Rock City

metal-sculpture-center-camp / A metal sculpture at Burning Man's Center Camp emits fire at night

mom-sculpture / Burning Man sculpture spelling out mom in capital letters

mondo-spider / The Mondo Spider, a Burning Man-funded art project, with legs that move independently and can turn in circles

mutant-art-car / Mutant Burning Man art car

operation-game / Live-action Operation game at Burning Man

opulent-temple / Opulent Temple, self-described sacred dance sanctuary, at Burning Man 2009

picasso-camp / Picasso Camp

pink-bus-burning-man / A double-decker pink bus roams the playa at Burning Man, playing music and dispatching dancers

pirate-bus / Pirate bus

pirate-bus / Pirate bus

portal-of-evolution-sculpture / Portal of Evolution sculpture at Burning Man, a 26 feet tall of the female reproductive system with a butterfly on top

portapotties-burning-man / Portapotties: the worst part of the Burning Man experience

raygun-gothic-rocketship / Art project called Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Burning Man, 40 feet tall, built in West Oakland, California

raygun-gothic-rocketship-burning-man / Art project called Raygun Gothic Rocketship at Burning Man, 40 feet tall, built in West Oakland, California

red-metal-sculpture-center-camp / This metal sculpture at Burning Man's Center Camp was made of reflective red panels

resting / Reading and resting at Burning Man

riding / Man riding on Head way

robot-burning-man / Robot wandering Burning Man, flirting with women

rodleen-vacuum-cleaner / Rodleen with joke vacuum cleaner at Burning Man

rodleen-vacuum-cleaner / Rodleen with joke typewriter at Burning Man

rooster-art-car-burning-man / Rooster art car at Burning Man

rubik-cube-burning-man / A house-sized version of Rubik's Cube called Groovik's Cube, which requires three people working in concert to solve

satellite-uplink / Satellite uplink for Burning Man

scaffolding / Man relaxing on scaffold at Burning Man

scaffolding-dust-storm-1 / Camp trying to prevent scaffolding from collapsing during storm

scaffolding-dust-storm-2 / Camp trying to prevent scaffolding from collapsing during storm

sculpture-with-fire-burning-man / Sculpture pouring out fire at Center Camp at Burning Man

sculpture-with-fire-center-camp / Sculpture holding fire at Center Camp at Burning Man

serpent-mother / This 168-foot long metal sculpture at Burning Man is called the "Serpent Mother," which breathes fire and was created by the Flaming Lotus Girls

serpent-mother-by-day / This 168-foot long metal sculpture at Burning Man is called the "Serpent Mother," which breathes fire and was created by the Flaming Lotus Girls

serpent-mother-closeup / This 168-foot long metal sculpture at Burning Man is called the "Serpent Mother," which breathes fire and was created by the Flaming Lotus Girls

shadow-dancing-1 / Shadow dancing

shadow-dancing-2 / Setting up screen for shadow dancing

soma-flaming-lotus-girls / Fiery metal sculpture of a neuron, called Soma, by the Flaming Lotus Girls

starry-bamboo-mandala / Called the "Starry Bamboo Mandala," this 55 foot tall structure was built by well-known artist Gerard Minakawa

stay-cool / Walking behind a truck spraying water is one way to stay cool

string-and-metal-art-installation / This string and metal art installation, shown in a time-lapse photo, let passers-by play it with provided instruments

swinging / Swing set on the playa

tent-dust-storm / Woman with tent in dust storm

the-man-at-night / The Man on Monday evening

thomas-leavitt / Thomas Leavitt, Webcom cofounder, at Burning Man

thomas-leavitt-hands / Thomas Leavitt with hands sculpture

thomas-leavitt-hands-2 / Thomas Leavitt with hands sculpture

uchronia-burning-man / This mammoth cave-like sculpture, nicknamed the Belgian Waffle, is properly called "Uchronia"

uchronia-sculpture / This mammoth cave-like sculpture, nicknamed the Belgian Waffle, is properly called "Uchronia"

uchronia-sculpture-belgian / This mammoth cave-like sculpture, created by Belgian artists, is properly called "Uchronia"

urine-sculpture / Sculpture, apparently bottles of urine, at Burning Man

wedding-1 / Burning Man wedding -- foot licking ceremony

wedding-2 / Burning Man wedding -- private consummation ceremony

wedding-3 / Burning Man wedding -- the chaplain and his assistant

wedding-4 / Burning Man wedding -- the wheel of fortune

welding / Man welding on Head way

what-happens-in-sin-city-stays-in-sin-city / What happens in Sin City (aka Burning Man) stays in Sin City

win-burleson / Win Burleson at laptop in Oregon Country Fair tent

windsurfing-burning-man / Dry-land windsurfing on the Burning Man desert at 4,000 feet above actual sea level

woman-holding-fire-sculpture / Woman holding fire sculpture at Burning Man

women-dancing / Nude women dancing,

women-dancing-2 / Nude women dancing

yellow-boat-art-car / Yellow boat art car at Burning Man

zeppelin-art-car-burning-man / A zeppelin-shaped art car at Burning Man

 

Declan McCullagh is a photographer who lives and works in San Francisco, California. His photographs are available for licensing and for purchase as signed custom prints.

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