big red robot - becoming human - burning man 2015


Big Red Robot aka Becoming Human, by Christian Ristow

Becoming Human is a 30-foot tall sculpture of a robot, which occasionally smells the flower in its right hand.­ The sculpture hopes to inspire viewers to ask questions about interplay between technology and nature, the rapid humanizing of robots, and the value of slowing down to appreciate little things.­

The sculpture was previously featured at the Coachella 2014 festival.­ It was inspired by robot drawings Christian had done for his young son, and by the children's book "The Story of Ferdinand" in which a bull would rather smell flowers than fight.­

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2015 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

art installation becoming human center camp christian ristow giant metal red robot sculpture standing statue steel
Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

Burning Man 2015 photos by Tristan Savatier (email me!)

This year, like the 2 previous years, I traveled to and from BM by motorbike, carrying all my gear, tent and food needed for the week in the desert (except my bicycle that got ferried by a friend).­ I even managed to carry almost enough water for the whole week.­

I did not join the Burning Man "Documentation Team" this year, because I vastly prefer shooting the art and people that I find inspiring, rather than be assigned to shoot a particular area of Black Rock City, or performance.­

Technical note: I shot virtually all my 2015 photos using only one lens, a 10-20mm wide angle lens (equiv.­ to 15-30mm with the crop factor), mounted on a Sony A65 (25 mega-pixel).­ I managed to keep the camera and lens completely protected from the dust by keeping them in a sealed zip-lock bag, with a cut hole tapped to the lens.­ I shot less than 1000 exposures, and selected the 200 or so best ones.­

Hi-resolutions photos with no watermark are available for editorial use (contact me).­

For information on this festival and to see my photos from other years, click here.

Burning Man Festival

Photos per year: 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998.

Burning Man is yearly gathering of about 70,000 people, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrating love, life, passion and art during one week in a desolated desert in Nevada.­

The event takes place each last week of august in an immense dry lakebed called Black Rock Desert.­ A temporary city is built where about everything is permitted except violence, money and commerce.­

The culmination of the event is the burning of a large human-shape figure in a giant bonfire, hence the name (Burning Man).­ The city disappears completely at the end of the week, leaving no trace.­

If this sounds interesting, check out the official Burning Man website at www.­burningman.­org.