burning man 2016 - 168 photos

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Burning Man 2016 photos by Tristan Savatier (email me!)

This year, like the 3 previous years, I traveled to and from BM by motorbike, carrying all my gear, bicycle, tent and food needed for the week in the desert . I even managed to carry almost enough water for the whole week.

For me, the highlight of this year was the amazing performances and art of the all-Chinese Mazu crew.

I did not join the Burning Man "Documentation Team" this year, because I vastly prefer shooting the art and people that I find inspiring, rather than be assigned to shoot a particular area of Black Rock City, or performance.

Technical note: I shot my 2016 photos using only two lens, a 10-20mm wide angle lens (equiv. to 15-30mm with the crop factor), and a Tamron 17-50mm mounted on a Sony A65 (25 mega-pixel). I managed to keep the camera and lens completely protected from the dust by keeping them in a sealed zip-lock bag, with a cut hole tapped to the lens. I shot less than 1500 exposures.

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.

overloaded motorcycle - KLR 650 - burning man 2016, bags, bicycle, bike, burning man, dual-sport, helmet, kawasaki, klr 650, luggage, motorcycle touring, overloaded, panniers, tank bag, water bottles, water jugs
mazu goddess - procession - burning man 2016, buddha hand art car, burning man, chinese, matsu, mazu camp, mutant vehicles, performance, qianli yan, sculpture, zulai hand art car, 千里眼, 媽祖
mazu marching band - burning man 2016, burning man, chinese, drum band, drummers, drums, flags, marching band, mazu camp, performance
zulai hand art car - burning man 2016, bamboo hand, buddha hand art car, burning man, chinese, giant hand, mazu camp, mutant vehicles, zulai hand art car
mazu marching band procession - burning man 2016, burning man, chinese, drum band, drummers, drums, flags, marching band, mazu camp, performance
媽祖 - mazu procession - burning man 2016, burning man, chinese, matsu, mazu camp, performance, sculpture, 媽祖
zulai hand art car - burning man 2016, bamboo hand, buddha hand art car, burning man, chinese, giant hand, mazu camp, mutant vehicles, zulai hand art car
媽祖 - mazu goddess of the empty sea - burning man 2016, burning man, chinese, matsu, mazu camp, sculpture, 媽祖
mazu marching band - burning man 2016, burning man, chinese, dancing, drum band, drummer, drums, fan, marching band, mazu camp, performance, women
mazu crew on the zulai hand art car - burning man 2016, bamboo, buddha hand art car, burning man, chinese, flags, mazu camp, mutant vehicles, zulai hand art car
chinese woman in traditional costume - mazu procession - burning man 2016, burning man, chinese, costume, glasses, goggles, mazu camp, traditional, woman
zulai hand art car at dusk - burning man 2016, buddha hand art car, burning man, chinese, mazu camp, mutant vehicles, white cloud, zulai hand art car
couple - burners - burning man 2016, arm tattoos, beard, burning man, sunglasses, woman
art ship monaco at dusk - burning man 2016, art car, art ship monaco, burning man, dawn, mutant vehicles, tall ship
the space whale - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, dusk, pink cloud, sculpture, space whale, stained glass
pulse portal with pink clouds - burning man 2016, arch, art installation, burning man, dusk, iridescent, pink clouds, pulse portal, sculpture
the vitruvian man at night - red neons - burning man 2016, burning man, glowing, night, red neons, the man, vitruvian man
gears in the man's base - burning man 2016, base, burning man, glowing, night, red neons, shalt, the man, vitruvian man
animated steel rings sculpture with LED lights - burning man 2016, animated, art installation, burning man, disc-go-sphere, glowing, led light, night, sculpture, the man
woman inside giant animated steel rings sculpture - burning man 2016, animated, art installation, burning man, disc-go-sphere, glowing, led light, night, sculpture, the man, woman
animated steel rings sculpture - burning man 2016, animated, art installation, burning man, disc-go-sphere, glowing, led light, night, rings, sculpture, the man
giant animated steel rings sculpture with LED lights - burning man 2016, animated, art installation, burning man, disc-go-sphere, glowing, led light, night, rings, sculpture, the man
el pulpo mecanico blowing fire - burning man 2016, burning man, el pulpo mecanico, fire, mutant vehicles, night, octopus art car, sculpture, steampunk octopus
fire breathing snakes - medusa madness - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, fire, medusa madness, night, sculpture, snakes
el pulpo mecanico - burning man 2016, burning man, el pulpo mecanico, fire, mutant vehicles, night, octopus art car, sculpture, steampunk octopus
el pulpo mecanico - burning man 2016, burning man, el pulpo mecanico, fire, mutant vehicles, night, octopus art car, sculpture, steampunk octopus
fire snakes - medusa madness - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, fire, medusa madness, night, sculpture, snakes
glowing snakes - medusa madness - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, glowing, led lights, medusa madness, night, sculpture, snakes
fire spitting snakes - medusa madness - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, fire, medusa madness, night, sculpture, snakes
the black rock lighthouse service - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, light house, night
the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, light house, night
the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, light house, night
the temple at night - burning man 2016, burning man, glowing, night
inside the temple - burning man 2016, burning man, inside, interior, night
inside the temple - burning man 2016, burning man, inside, interior, mementos, night, sitting
the temple at night - burning man 2016, burning man, glowing, night
the temple at night - glowing bicycles - burning man 2016, bicycles, burning man, glowing, night
people climbing the giant pyramid at night - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, catacomb of veils, climbing, glowing, night, pyramid, sculpture
helios - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, glowing, helios, night
helios - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, glowing, helios, night
uncle ira with crazy hat - burning man 2016, blue hat, burning man, costume, safety hat, sunglasses, uncle ira
giant gorilla sculpture - burning man 2016, ape, art installation, burning man, gorillas, sculpture, sitting
giant gorillas - burning man 2016, ape, art installation, burning man, gorillas, sculpture, sitting
giant da vinci's head half buried in the playa - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, da vinci head, giant head, sculpture
kids on da vinci's head - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, children, da vinci head, giant head, kids, little girls, sculpture
little girl on da vinci's nose - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, child, da vinci head, giant head, kid, little girl, purple hat, sculpture
little girl on da vinci's nose - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, child, da vinci head, giant head, kid, little girl, sculpture
giant octopus - octavius - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, ceramic, giant octopus, mosaic, octavius, sculpture, tentacles
playa fish - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, octavius, orange fish, sculpture
giant octopus - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, ceramic, giant octopus, mosaic, octavius, sculpture, tentacles
giant octopus - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, ceramic, giant octopus, head, mosaic, octavius, sculpture
desert orca - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, child, kid, little girl, orca project, orcas, sculpture
orcas swimming in the desert - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, orca project, orcas, sculpture
pod of desert orcas - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, orca project, orcas, sculpture
jar of ocean trash - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, giant jar, ocean trash, sculpture, single-use plastics
home - giant letters sculpture -  burning man 2016, @earth #home, art installation, big words, burning man, metal sculpture, steel
@ - giant letter sculpture - burning man 2016, @earth #home, art installation, big words, burning man, metal sculpture, steel, woman
EARTH giant letters sculpture - burning man 2016, @earth #home, art installation, big words, burning man, metal sculpture, steel
HOME - giant letters sculpture - burning man 2016, @earth #home, art installation, big words, burning man, metal sculpture, steel
woman jumping - @ EARTH # HOME - giant letters - burning man 2016, @earth #home, art installation, big words, burning man, jump shot, metal sculpture, steel, woman
BLM officer swinging in giant frame - burning man 2016, art installation, blm, burning man, cop, giant frame, got framed, hanging, law enforcement officer, leo, police, swinging
giant picture frame - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, giant frame, got framed
woman with mirror goggles - burning man 2016, burning man, mirror googles, reflective googles, woman
giant metal jellyfish sculpture - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, giant jellyfish, jellyfish sculpture
giant jellyfish sculpture - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, giant jellyfish, jellyfish sculpture
monaco art ship - giant ravens - burning man 2016, art car, art installation, art ship monaco, burning man, giant bird, giant crow, giant raven, mutant vehicles, paanuts, sculpture, tall ship
birdwatcher - giant crow - burning man 2016, art installation, birdwatcher, burning man, camera, giant bird, giant crow, giant raven, hat, peanut, photographer, sculpture
giant raven bird - don't feed wild life - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, feeding, giant bird, giant crow, giant raven, hat, peanut, sculpture, woman
awakening - burning man 2016, art installation, awakening, burning man, hands, head, skull
giant hand - awakening - burning man 2016, art installation, awakening, burning man, hand
giant pyramids - burning man 2016, art installation, bicycles, burning man, catacomb of veils, pyramids, sculpture
the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, light house, night
stairs in the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, inside, interior, light house, night, stairs
suspension bridges between the towers of the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, light house, night, suspension bridges, walking bridges
the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, glowing, light house, night
the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, glowing, light house, night
playa at night - burning man 2016, burning man, crowd, glowing, night
fire cannons on the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, light house, night
inside the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, bird sculpture, black rock lighthouse, burning man, inside, interior, light house, night
inside the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, inside, interior, light house, night, octopus low relief, octopus sculpture
inside the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, inside, interior, light house, night, tree low relief, tree sculpture
shark art car at night - burning man 2016, burning man, fish, glowing, mutant vehicles, night, shark art car
the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, light house, night
the lighthouse - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, light house, night
dragon puppet - little girl - burning man 2016, burning man, child, dragon, kid, little girl, puppet
dragon man - burning man 2016, burning man, dragon head, puppet
leg paint - burning man 2016, body art, bodypaint, bodypainting, burning man, flower, painting, woman
uncle ira - rainbow colors costume - burning man 2016, burning man, colorful, costume, goggles, hat, rainbow colors, uncle ira
icarus art car - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, mutant vehicles
rocket car - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, mutant vehicles, rocket car
yellow beard - burning man 2016, burning man, conical hat, goggles, straw hat, yellow beard
people jumping under the pulse portal - burning man 2016, arch, art installation, burning man, iridescent, jumpshot, pulse portal, sculpture
african american woman - burning man 2016, african hat, burning man, goggles, leather straps, straw hat, woman
sell your camp - burning man 2016, burning man, sign
順風耳 - shunfeng er - mazu procession - burning man 2016, burning man, chinese dragon art car, giant puppet, mazu camp, mutant vehicles, sculpture, shunfeng er, 順風耳
mazu marching band - burning man 2016, brazilian drums, burning man, drummers, marching band, mazu camp, samba reggae
stereoscopic 3D immersive 360 degree video - burning man 2016, burning man, cameras
mazu marching band - burning man 2016, brazilian drums, burning man, drummers, marching band, mazu camp, samba reggae
chinese drummer - mazu marching band - burning man 2016, brazilian drums, burning man, drummers, marching band, mazu camp, samba reggae
colorful japanese umbrellas - burning man 2016, asian conical hat, burning man, colorful, japanese umbrellas, red, trike
mazu marching band - burning man 2016, brazilian drums, burning man, drummers, marching band, mazu camp, samba reggae
procession of the mazu marching band - burning man 2016, brazilian drums, burning man, drummers, marching band, mazu camp, samba reggae
jia ling chang - drum leader - mazu marching band - burning man 2016, brazilian drums, burning man, drummers, marching band, mazu camp, samba reggae
chinese girl - mazu crew - burning man 2016, burning man, mazu camp
chinese drummer - mazu marching band - burning man 2016, brazilian drums, burning man, drummers, marching band, mazu camp, samba reggae
張芷華 - joanne - chinese dancer in the mazu procession - burning man 2016, burning man, mazu camp
張芷華 - chinese dancer - mazu marching band - burning man 2016, burning man, mazu camp
lobster tattoo - 鯉罐竿 - burning man 2016, burning man, lobster tattoo, mazu camp, woman
順風耳 - shunfeng er - giant puppet in the mazu procession - burning man 2016, burning man, giant puppet, mazu camp, shunfeng er, 順風耳
千里眼- qianli yan - giant puppet in the mazu procession - burning man 2016, burning man, giant puppet, mazu camp, qianli yan, 千里眼
mazu marching band - burning man 2016, brazilian drums, burning man, drummers, marching band, mazu camp, samba reggae
DPW wrecked pink car - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, mutant vehicles, pink car, wreck
women jumping on the playa - spread eagle - burning man 2016, burning man, jennifer, jump shot, spread eagle, women
pulse portal at dusk - burning man 2016, arch, art installation, burning man, iridescent, pulse portal, sculpture
pulse portal - burning man 2016, arch, art installation, burning man, iridescent, pulse portal, sculpture
sonic runway - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, glowing, led light, light rings, night, vanishing point
walter - giant VW bus - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, glowing, minibus, mutant vehicles, night, project walter, riesenbus, volks wagen, vw bus, walter the bus
la victrola - giant gramophone - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, giant gramophone, la victrola, night
couple sitting under la victrola - giant gramophone - burning man 2016, art installation, burning man, giant gramophone, la victrola, night
vitruvian man with its gears - burning man 2016, burning man, night, the man, vitruvian man
skull art car - numbskull - burning man 2016, burning man, glowing, hat, mutant vehicles, night, numbskull, skull art car
skull art car - the numbskull - burning man 2016, burning man, glowing, hat, mutant vehicles, night, numbskull, skull art car
woman jumping with umbrella - burning man 2016, burning man, danielle, jump shot, red dress, umbrella, woman
couple - burning man 2016, burning man, heart sunglasses, mirror sunglasses, woman
people jumping - burning man 2016, burning man, danielle, jump shot, men, umbrella, woman
burners jumping on the playa - burning man 2016, burning man, danielle, jump shot, men, umbrella, woman
mary-claude - burning man 2016, burning man, face paint, face painting, hat, mary-claude, sitting, woman
mary-claude getting a face paint - burning man 2016, burning man, face paint, face painting, hat, mary-claude, women
mary-claude - burning man 2016, burning man, face paint, face painting, hat, mary-claude, woman
rusty truck - mutant vehicle - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, mutant vehicles, rusty, truck
art bicycle - burning man 2016, art bike, bicycle, burning man, riding
crow sculpture - burning man 2016, black bird, burning man, crow, raven, sculpture
winged lion - burning man 2016, burning man, metal sculpture, night, winged lion
glowing palm trees art car - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, crowd, glowing, mutant vehicles, night, palm trees
vitruvian man burns - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, fireworks, night of the burn, pyrotechnics, sparks, the man, vitruvian man
the man burns - vitruvian man - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night of the burn, the man, vitruvian man
the man ablaze - vitruvian man - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night of the burn, the man, vitruvian man
the vitruvian man is burning - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night of the burn, the man, vitruvian man
vitruvian man collapse in fire - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night of the burn, the man, vitruvian man
the lost tea party - burning man 2016, burning man, caravan, lost tea party, night, teapots
art ship monaco - burning man 2016, art ship monaco, burning man, el pulpo mecanico, fire, mutant vehicles, night of the burn, octopus art car, sculpture, steampunk octopus, tall ship
maria del camino - tracked art car - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, mutant vehicles, night
weedy sea dragon art car - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, glowing, gps camp, hypocampus, leafy sea dragon, mutant vehicles, night, seadragon, seahorse
glowing color-morphing LED light decoration on music art car - burning man 2016, burning man, glowing, night, rolling root art car
revelers dancing on the night of the burn - burning man 2016, burning man, dancing, mutant vehicles, night, unidentified art car, white lasers
dancing on the night of the burn - burning man 2016, art car, burning man, dancing, mutant vehicles, night of the burn, white lasers
red heard on stick glowing in the night - white lasers - burning man 2016, burning man, dancing, mutant vehicles, night, unidentified art car, white lasers
buddha hand with fire - burning man 2016, buddha hand, buddhism, burning man, circle, crowd, fire, mutant vehicles, night, unidentified art car
giant gears in the man fire embers - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night of the burn, the man
the lighthouse burning - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, night
the lighthouse burning - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, night
the lighthouse burning - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, night
the lighthouse on fire collapses - burning man 2016, art installation, black rock lighthouse, burning man, fire, night
giant gears - burning man 2016, burning man, embers, fire, night
giant gears wreckage - burning man 2016, burning man, embers, fire, night
jumping bunny girl - olivia - burning man 2016, bicycles, braided hair, braids, bunny ears, burning man, jump shot, woman
iman hosseini - persian prince - burning man 2016, beard, blue, burning man, chain, hat, mirror sunglasses, persian prince, round sunglasses
persian prince with clock hat - burning man 2016, beard, burning man, clock, hat, mirror sunglasses, persian prince
man sleeping at center camp cafe - burning man 2016, bench, burning man, pillows, sleeping
kayla - burning man 2016, burning man, metal cup, woman
the temple at dusk - burning man 2016, burning man, dusk
the temple at dusk - burning man 2016, burning man, dusk
the temple on fire - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, frame, night
the temple ablaze - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night
the temple burning - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night
the temple burns - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night
burning temple collapses - burning man 2016, burning man, fire, night
KLR 650 motorbike - burning man 2016, bags, bicycle, bike, burning man, dual-sport, kawasaki, klr 650, luggage, motorcycle touring, overloaded, panniers, tank bag, water bottles, water jug