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Illumacanth, by: Rebecca Anders

From the Burning Man website: The Illumacanth is a massive fishy monster surging up from the ground, with mouth agape and brain alight.­ Its dark, deeply textured exterior surrounds a bright, reflective interior, into which one may venture through its toothy jaws.­ Elevated over its open head is a halo of silver bird-fish which dance and spin.­ Flame effects and undulating lights enliven this mysterious beast, and invite the participant to rest on its fins, gather inside, and sneak through its gills.­ The Illumacanth is a free-standing, interactive sculptural installation made primarily of metal.­ It provides seating and gathering space, and features flame and light effects as well as kinetic elements.­

More info on the Illumacanth website.

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

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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.

Burning Man 2015 199 photos

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.