Photo taken at the Burning Man 2008 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).
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Photos of performers spinning LED-light or laser hula hoops and staffs.
I general I used a combination of long-exposure and flash, to capture the beautiful light trails while the performer is frozen by the flash, so it does not appear blurred. It is not an easy technique but the results are amazing.
Burning Man Festival
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.