burning man 2008 - 124 photos

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.

osunlade, burner, burning man, osunlade, sunglasses, tribal
silver burner - burning man 2008, burner, burning man, center camp, jesse, silver, sunglasses
burner with straw hat and dust mask - respirator - burning man 2008, 3m respirator, burner, burning man, center camp, dust mask, goggles, straw hat
ranger with umbrella - ranger hollywood - burning man 2008, backlight, black rock ranger, brc ranger, burning man, ranger hollywood, umbrella
teeter totter of death - abrupt decapitations - burning man 2008, abrupt, beheaded, beheading, burning man, decapitations, safety sign, seesaw, stick figures, teeter totter of death, teeter-totter, trick nichols, ttod
kite - rachel - department of tethered aviation (DOTA) - burning man 2008, articulated kite, burning man, department of tethered aviation, modern kite, playa, rachel, red dress, windfire design
playa at dusk - burning man 2008, bicycles, bikes, burning man, dusk, dust, playa
flamethrower shooting range - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flame throwers, flamethrower shooting gallery, night, shooting range
flame thrower - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flame thrower, flames, flamethrower shooting gallery, night, shooting range
light hula hooper - burning man 2008, burning man, glowing, hooper, led hoop, led hula hoop, led lights, led-light, light hoop, night, woman
LED hoops - michele - burning man 2008, burning man, glowing, hooper, hulahoops, led hoop, led hula hoop, led lights, led-light, light hoop, michele, night, woman
laser play - burning man 2008, beam, burning man, green laser, night, split
carnival mask - red & black, black, burning man, carnival mask, center camp, leather mask, masked, red, woman
japanese girls - heart sunglasses - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, heart sunglasses, hitomi, japanese girls, women
burner - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, cigar smoking, goatee, goaty, hat, sunglasses
acro yoga - burning man 2008, acro yoga, burning man, center camp, dawn, shayen
butterfly - mumu mariane charline - burning man 2008, burning man, butterfly wings, center camp, mumu mariane charline, woman
gabrielle - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, gabrielle, woman
line of balloons - burning man 2008, balloons, blue, burning man, green, red
fuzzy gecko - burning man 2008, burning man, colored, fuzzy, gecko, unidentified art car
silver girl lana - burning man 2008, burning man, hand palm, lana, silver paint, spray paint, woman
knotted hair - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, knotted
priest with cross by blinky elvis - burning man 2008, blinky elvis, burning man, center camp, cross, elvis impersonator, priest, sunglasses
didgeridoo - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, didgeridoo
hooper - bouncybouncyweee - burning man 2008, bouncybouncyweee, burning man, center camp, hula hoop, hula hooper, hula hooping, woman
heart sunglasses - baby G - burning man 2008, allison, baby g, blue, burning man, heart, novelty sunglasses, oversize sunglasses, pink, twinkle, woman
the temple - basura sagrada - burning man 2008, basura sagrada, burning man, circular fisheye lens, circular stairs, double-helix, spiral stairs, stairwell, temple
bummer the hummer - burning man 2008, bummer, burning man, hmmwv, hummer, humvee
bummer hummer - burning man 2008, bummer, burning man, hmmwv, hummer, humvee
apres-ski party - burning man 2008, apres ski, après-ski, burning man, skis
shagadelica, the glowing color-morphing fuzzy double-decker  bus - burning man 2008, art car, bristol vr, british bus, burning man, double decker bus, double-decker, furry, fuzzy, glowing, night, shagadelica
el-wire couple - burning man 2008, art, burning man, couple, el-wire costumes, electroluminescent wire, night
store dummies  in the root society dome - burning man 2008, art installation, burning man, geodesic dome, root society, store dummies
peacock feather necklace - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, feather, green, necklace, peacock feathers
quinton and mandalin - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, mandalin, quinton, woman
miniature version of "the man" painted with psychadelic colors - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, hat, painted, the man
flamboyant burner - jalila - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, costume, jalila, red, woman
the horse cow car shooting flaming teddy bears - burning man 2008, art car, burning man, canons, flames, horse cow
sharon rose - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, hat, sharon rose, woman
burner with dreadlocks - arabian keffiyeh - beard - burning man 2008, arabian, beard, burning man, center camp, dreadlocks, dreads, hat, keffiyeh, sunglasses
face paint - burning man 2008, body art, body paint, body painting, burning man, center camp, woman
gabrielle and friend - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, gabrielle, woman
face paint - gabrielle - burning man 2008, body paint, body painting, burning man, center camp, gabrielle, makeup, woman
eyebrow piercing, body paint, body painting, burning man, center camp, eyebrow piercing, gabrielle, makeup, woman
angel wings bodypainting, angel wings, body paint, body painting, burning man, center camp, gabrielle, woman
face paint - gabrielle - burning man 2008, body paint, body painting, burning man, center camp, gabrielle, makeup, woman
the lamplighters - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, lamplighters, march, petrol lanterns, poles, procession
the lamplighters - burning man 2008, burning man, lamplighters, march, petrol lanterns, poles, procession
satyr, burning man, costume, horns, leather, luiza, satyr, woman
satyr - burning man 2008, burning man, costume, horns, leather, luiza, playa, satyr, woman
el-wire ghosts - burning man 2008, art, burning man, el-wire costumes, electroluminescent wire, night, three
hand of man (and the man) - burning man 2008, art, burning man, giant arm, hand of man, hydraulic, mecanical, night, robotic, the man
mutopia - giant metal flowers by flaming lotus girls - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flames, flaming lotus girls, metal flowers, mutopia, night
mutopia  giant metal flowers by flaming lotus girls - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flames, flaming lotus girls, metal flowers, mutopia, night
mutopia  giant metal flowers by flaming lotus girls - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flames, flaming lotus girls, metal flowers, mutopia, night
mutopia  giant metal flowers by flaming lotus girls - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flames, flaming lotus girls, metal flowers, mutopia, night
light hoopers near root society dome - burning man 2008, burning man, geodesic dome, glowing, hooper, led hoop, led hula hoop, led lights, led-light, light hoop, night, root society
view from the top of the 80 feet (24m) high firetruck ladder - burning man 2008, burning man, circular fisheye lens, fire engine, fire truck ladder, ladder fire truck, ladder truck
breasts, beads and goggles, breasts, burning man, cleavage, fisheye, goggles, necklaces, teresa, woman
bali monkey chant workshop in central camp - burning man 2008, arms, burning man, center camp, crowd, hands, kecak, ketjak, monkey chant, performance
dusty kid in stroller - green hair - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, child, dusty, green, kid, sitting, sleeping, stroller
colored beard, beard, burning man, center camp, colored, hat, riqo, white
homeless jesus - burning man 2008, burning man, cafe shopping, camp center, center camp, cross, homeless, jesus christ, religion, supermarket cart
women - burning man 2008, annie, belly dancer, burning man, fashion, girls, monticello, queen marie antoinette, wig, women, yanina
danger - stand clear 50 ft - burning man 2008, burning man, costume, danger, hazard, plastic sign, safety tape, stand clear, woman, yellow tape
ieva - burning man 2008, burning man, woman
ieva - burning man 2008, burning man, woman
at the top of the tower - burning man 2008, art installation, burning man, climbing, elevation, fisheye, interactive, metal, michael christian, playa, sculpture, tower
in the tower - burning man 2008, art installation, burning man, circular fisheye lens, climbing, elevation, interactive, metal, michael christian, playa, sculpture, tower
tower - burning man 2008, art installation, burning man, climbing, elevation, interactive, metal, michael christian, playa, sculpture, tower
constitution tipi - burning man 2008, american, art installation, burning man, constitution tipi, fisheye, flag, playa, self evidence
inside the constitution tipi - burning man 2008, art installation, burning man, circular fisheye lens, constitution tipi, flag, self evidence
bunny car at  the end - bunny mobile - bunny van - burning man 2008, art car, bunny car, bunny mobile, bunny van, burning man, lorry, pink, plush, rabbit, truck
truck driver with 3M respirator - dust mask - burning man 2008, 3m respirator, 4x4, all-terrain, army truck, burning man, dust mask, dust storm, goggles, lorry, mercedes truck, military truck
straw hat, alex, burning man, center camp, straw hat, woman
3M respirator - dust particulate mask, 3m respirator, burning man, center camp, dust mask, goggles, hat, jerry hand, jerry's hand, respirator cartridges
weird masks - lollipop - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, emma hardy, headdress, headdresses, hoods, lollipop, masks, performance, women
wired burner - brillig - burning man 2008, brillig, burning man, center camp, circuits, cowboy hat, sunglasses
woman with goggles - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, goggles, serendipity, woman
burka - chadri - چادر - برقع, arabian, burka, burkha, burning man, burqa, center camp, chador, chadri, headgear, hijab, islam, islamic, muslim, veil, voile integral, voile intégral, voile islamique, woman, برقع, چادر
burner at center camp during dust storm - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, dust storm, eyes, goggles, playa dust, scarf, whiteout, woman
mirror costume - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, costume, mirrors
burner at center camp during dust storm - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, dust storm, woman
burners at center camp during dust storm - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, dust storm
burners at center camp during dust storm - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, dust storm
burners at center camp during dust storm - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, dust storm, playa dust, whiteout
burner at center camp during dust storm - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, dust storm, goggles, playa dust, whiteout, woman
respirator - burner with dust mask - burning man 2008, burning man, center camp, dust mask, goggles, respirator
say cheese - burning man 2008, burning man, camera, center camp, dust masks, goggles, photo, photography, surgical masks
the man burns - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flames, night, the burn, the man
the man burns - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flames, night, the burn, the man
carbon footprint? - the man burns - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flames, night, the burn, the man
the man burns - burning man 2008, burning man, fire, flames, night, the burn, the man
the man burns - burning man 2008, backlight, burning man, crowd, fire, flames, night, the burn, the man
shanti (alex) spinning huge fire ball - burning man 2008, burning man, fire ball, flames, night, shanti alex
mumu mariane charline spinning fire staffs - burning man 2008, burning man, double staff, fire staffs, fire staves, flames, mumu mariane charline, night, woman
black rock city fire truck (with flame thrower!) - sparky - burning man 2008, black rock city fire, burning man, fire engine, fire truck, night, sparky
temple at dawn - burning man 2008, basura sagrada, burning man, dawn, temple
cleaning sensor dust - CCD, blue, burning man, camera sensor, ccd sensor, dirty, dslr, image sensor, sensor brush, sensor dust, sensor swabs, visible dust
golden gate art car - burning man 2008, art car, burning man, dawn, golden gate bridge, playa, suspension bridge
law enforcement activity - police - officer ted - burning man 2008, blm, bureau of land management, burning man, bust, law enforcement officers, officer ted, police uniform, rangers
law enforcement activity - police - burning man 2008, blm, bureau of land management, burning man, bust, law enforcement officers, police uniform, ranger
law enforcement activity - sheriff - police - burning man 2008, arrest, burning man, bust, law enforcement officers, playa, police, uniform
fashion model - olga - burning man 2008, burning man, fuzzy, olga, pink, umbrella, woman
desert fish, art installation, burning man, metal, playa, primordial fish project, sculpture
skydiver landing on the playa - umbrellas - U-man - burning man 2008, burning man, burning sky, eel, flare, julie wentz, landing, parachute, parachutist, playa, skydiver, skydiving, touch down, u-man, umbrella man
shaye - burning man 2008, burning man, shaye, straw hat, woman
caitlin - burning man 2008, burning man, caitlin, woman
valero - burning man 2008, apple, burning man, goggles, valero
PAC 750XL, aircraft, burning man, burning sky, pac 750, pac 750xl, pacific aerospace corporation, parked, red, skydiving, small plane, turbo prop, yellow
PAC 750XL skydiving plane cabin, aircraft, aitcraft, burning man, burning sky, cabin, pac 750, pac 750xl, pacific aerospace corporation, parachutes, passengers, plane, skydivers, skydiving
aerial - black rock city - burning man 2008, aerial photo, black rock city, burning man, burning sky
skydiver jumping from plane (burning sky) - burning man 2008, aircraft, burning man, burning sky, parachute, parachutist, plane, skydiver, skydiving
cat-eye contact lenses - vampire - burning man 2008, african american man, black man, burning man, cat-eye contact lenses, color contact lenses, contacts, damon knight, green, special effects contact lenses, teeth, theatrical contact lenses, vampire fangs
black vampire with cat-eye contacts, african american man, black man, burning man, cat eyes, cat-eye contact lenses, color contact lenses, contacts, damon knight, green, special effects contact lenses, teeth, theatrical contact lenses, vampire fangs
temple burning - basura sagrada - burning man 2008, basura sagrada, burning man, fire, flames, night, temple burning
fire - temple burning - basura sagrada - burning man 2008, basura sagrada, burning man, fire, flames, night, temple burning
fire - temple burning - basura sagrada - burning man 2008, basura sagrada, burning man, fire, flames, night, temple burning
fire - temple burning - basura sagrada - burning man 2008, basura sagrada, burning man, fire, flames, night, temple burning
burners around burning temple - basura sagrada - burning man 2008, basura sagrada, burners, burning man, fire, flames, night, temple burning
firefighter, burning man, fire, firefighter, flames, night, temple burning
pig truck in the dust storm - burning man 2008, art car, burning man, dust storm, lorry, night, pig fruck, truck
fire truck in the dust storm - sparky the fire truck - burning man 2008, art car, black rock city fire, burning man, dust storm, fire engine, fire truck, night, playa dust, sparky, whiteout
breastfeeding two babies - tandem nursing, babies, burning man, children, infants, kids, mother, nursing, two, woman breastfeeding