Regardless of how the BORG2 experiment will be remembered years from now, the consensus is steadily building that this year was a great one for art. Not only for the placed art on the playa, but also the wild costumes and theme camps that have completely bowled me over, seeing more art bikes in BRC than ever, and having my favorite piece of playa art this year wind up being an art car. Who would have predicted all this back before any of us had crossed the threshold onto the playa this year?
I've become quite a fan of the work from my fellow photographers as well. The old saying goes that a rising tide lifts all boats, but the excellent photos I've seen goes well beyond merely keeping up with the efforts of the other artists this year. In fact, the sheer diversity of photos in the galleries I've come across online had me scrambling to dig deep just to find photos of my own that I felt were interesting and original enough to post here to add to the existing chorus. There were a lot of photo-artists out there this year!
As proof, here are some of my favorite galleries from this year:
If you have a gallery to share, feel free to email me or leave a link in the comments below.
When it comes to photography though, there's only so much you can do with empty playa. None of us photographers can do this without you in front of our lenses, whether it's something you've built, something you're doing, or even something as simple keeping MOOP out of the porta-potties (BLM says no porta-potties, no Burning Man) so that we can keep coming back to the playa year after year. Because there's so much that has to be done right when it comes to our city before any photos can be taken at all.
Therefore, if you've enjoyed my photos, allow me to say: we did it. And let's see how we do next year.
I'm looking for a theme camp to join for 2006. If your camp would like to have a photographer around -- especially if you're a placed theme camp on the BRC grid -- please drop me a line. Thanks!