the lamplighters - burning man 2008

The Lamplighters procession on the playa.­

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2008 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

center camp lamplighters march petrol lanterns poles procession
Route 9:00, Black Rock City, NV, USA

The Lamplighters, at the Burning Man festival.­

The Lamplighters are in charge of the petrol lamps that are hanged each night to the lamp poles around the esplanade, and along the main avenues on the playa (3:00, 9:00 and on the main axis from Center Camp to the Man and then to the Temple.­

For more info about the Lamplighters, and how to participate and join this camp, go to www.­burningman.­com/­participate/­lamplighter.­html

For information about the Burning Man Festival and to see my photos from other years, click here.

Burning Man Festival

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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 2008 photos by Tristan Savatier (email me!)

In my opinion 2008 was clearly the worst year of the 10 years I've seen, due to a combination of reasons: a stupid and politically-charged theme ("The American Dream") that turned off many artists, not a lot of interesting or inspiring art on the playa (due to the previous reason), a city that was much too large (noticeably larger than previous years), very soft ground making it hard to ride bicycles and very dusty, cold, windy weather on the last two days with serious dust storms, and the cancellation of the fire conclave Saturday night for no good reason (there has been bigger dust storms on the night of the burn in past years, causing hours of delay, but they still had the fire conclave).­

Because i was really not inspired by by most of the art i saw this year, i mostly took photos of people.­

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.