pilot seat - instruments and controls - inside the raygun gothic rocket - burning man 2009


Pilot seat - Instruments and controls - Inside the Raygun Gothic Rocket

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2009 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

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Route 3:00, Black Rock City, NV, USA

The Raygun Gothic Rocket, by by Sean Orlando, Nathaniel Taylor, David Shulman, John Manyjohns.­

Photos taken at the Burning Man 2009 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

The Raygun Gothic Rocket is an immersive large-scale installation consisting of a 40' tall metal rocketship connected via walkway to a taller gantry launch tower with a well-defined lighted perimeter.­ Participants can interactively explore the rocket's three interior chambers accessible through the bottom of the rocket and the top of the rocket via the gantry.­ Aesthetically, the Rocketship explores the rococo retro-futurist future-rustic vernacular.­ Existing between yesterday's tomorrow and the future that never was.­.­.­ it is a critical kitsch somewhere between The Moons of Mongo and Manga Nouveau.­

For more information about the Raygun Gothic Rocket, go to www.­raygungothicrocket.­com/­

If you like these photos, check out my other Burning Man photos .

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 2009 photos by Tristan Savatier (email me!)

You can see the photos from other years at www.­loupiote.­com/­burningman

For me, 2009 was a very good harvest for Burning Man Photography.­ I selected twice as many photos as last year in this series.­ I am a bit sad that I missed a few amazing art pieces and magical moments, but i managed to capture more excellent images than in previous years.­

Like the previous years, I was part of the BM photo Team and I was assigned an area of the playa to document.­ But unfortunately I found the art in this area quite uninspiring (visually), and the Theme-Camps in my area where quite hard to capture with photography.­ The "Nectar Village Steam Bath" crew did not want people to take photos in their camp (even though they don't declare it a No-Camera zone) and they were extremely aggressive towards me when I did.­ This was the only bad experience I had for the entire week.­

Because of the windy and dusty conditions this year, I very rarely changed lenses, and I had to clean my sensor once.­ This is why I took almost no photos with a telephoto this year.­ My night /­ fire photos are not stellar because of playa dust inside my fastest lens (between the glass elements).­ But overall, I think this is a great series, and people seem to like it.­

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.