view from the top of the 80 feet (24m) high firetruck ladder - burning man 2008

View from the top of the 80 feet (24m) high firetruck ladder

Being at the top of this free-standing, wobbleling ladder was quite scary, but the view was breathtaking.­ I wish i had closed the aperture more to get a sharper shot.­ oh well.­.­.­

Truck owned by greg glover, with the conversion to art car being a collaborative
project of the black rock international burner hostel early crew.­

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

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Black Rock City, Nevada, USA

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.

Circular Fisheye Photos.­

These photos were taken using my 180 degrees Raynox fisheye extension mounted on various types of cameras (including D-SLR).­

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.