People of Burning Man 2011

Images of the people at Burning Man 2011.

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Artist Peter Hudson explains his piece Charon, a zoetrope, to an art car full of journalists and photographers. Hudson, from San Francisco, started the talk by profusely thanking his support staff of volunteers who’ve racked up more than 5000 man hours of work since starting the piece in the Spring of this year.
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“Creating this model made building this so much easier,” said artist Duane Flatmo, from Eureka, CA. Both El Pulpo Mecanicos were built, with the help of Steve Gellman and Jerry Kunkel, out of found and recycled material. The kinetic sculptures have moving arms, eyes and mouths, and the larger one shoots “revolving fire bursts like a machine gun” from the tentacle tips and head, Flatmo said.
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Mr. Scott Cocking, aka Scotty C, smiles after spotting the Bezerker, a kinetic sculpture he built a few years ago. There are a growing number of custom-made kinetic sculptures peddling around Black Rock City, and I think this guy is the one to be credited with starting it all.
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The Rockstar Librarian, from Portland, OR, holds up her Music Guide that shows the DJ schedule for the week-long festival. “It started as a two-page spreadsheet [7 years ago]. Music has just blown up out here.” This year, she has 1700 DJ time-slots listed in her guide.
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Cheers erupt from the Aurora crew as lead artist Charlie Gadeken (center in red t-shirt) celebrates his 48th birthday on Sunday night, August 28, at sunset. This year is Gadeken's 19th year at Burning Man, and his project is a beautiful tree with 44,444 copper leaves amid 39,330 individual LED lights.
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Fire Safety Manager Dave X heads out for the night.
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Robert Johnson (right) and Layla Martin from Austin, TX walk down the Esplanade with Johnson’s Balsac costume inspired by the band Gwar.
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Cornfed, an Ice Opp from MN, said about 50 semi-trucks filled with ice will be delivered and distributed during the week-long event. Three Camp Artica locations cover the city where 140 volunteers a day sell bags of crushed and block ice for $3/each or $15 for a six-pack.
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Burners from France class it up for the night.
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Burning Man photographer Julian Cash (right) with wife Jackie Supersnail were spotted at the new Lowes in San Francisco the week before the event. Their new book The People of Burning Man is a great chronicle of outrageous outfits from the last 10 years, and the book is put together is a very fun, engaging and entertaining way.
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This elaborate costume can be seen from fairly far away, it isn't until you get up close that you see even more.
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Innski, from San Francisco, circles the rink at the Black Rock Roller Disco. "Infinite eye candy," Innski said after asked about her impression of her first Burning Man.
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Godfather, aka David Miles from the Bay Area, proudly holds up an award his camp won in 2011 for, “being one of the camps that most follows the principles of Burning Man and interactivity.” The rain of 2010 ruined the Roller Disco rink, so this 13th year of the desert roller rink saw an increase in size from 80-feet to 120-feet, by 60-feet, with thicker plywood as well in the rebuild.
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"I was riding by and I saw it and said, 'I should do that!'" said Tegan Dixon from Santa Cruz. "Considering I haven't skated since I was little, I think I'm doing pretty good."
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Anna Scott, from San Francisco, takes a bite from the belly of the watermelon shark Max (left) offered up to those on the street passing by. "I saw a picture on the internet before I came here," Max, from Paris, France, said about the watermelon shark.
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The Abraxis art car and crew took journalists and photographers on an art tour Wednesday afternoon where beautiful ladies and hilarious guys kept the bus entertained along the way.
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Flaming Guitar Hero art installation called Rock Inferno keeps participants warm at night.
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Sherlock, aka Jeff Steinmetz, is a contractor with Burning Man working on New Ventures like this year's Personal Container project, where containers were sold to people who can then leave their dusty bulky Burning Man stuff in them all year. The containers get dropped off at your camp, and taken away when you are done. Theme Camps bought 47 of the 50 containers at an initial cost of about $3600, and $800 each year after.
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The Man, The Myth, The Legend... The Icon, The Logo, The Copyright... The Deity, The Prophet, The Provider. The 2011 Man burn was incredible with a great fireworks show, full of booming explosions followed by a few swirling dust devils and a Man that fell to the ground, structure and all, in one fell swoop.
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Every year, a meeting takes place at the Temple on Wednesday afternoon where the artists, Emergency Services, Department of Public Works, Fire Art Safety, and others gather to talk about the Sunday night Temple burn. Temple Fire leads Alex (right) and Utility (raised hand) explain their plan and answer questions.
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Lamp Lighters get ready to hang lanterns on lamp posts on the major streets of Black Rock City.
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Temple of Transition artists Ian "Beave" Beaverstock (left) and Diarmaid "Irish" Horkan talked about their Temple, and crew of over 160 people, half of whom were International. Crew members who hit the playa on August 9th to start construction on what was called the largest temporary wooden structure in the world, with the center tower at 120-feet.
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Skye Osten, from Los Angeles, shades herself from the sun.
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The gorgeous Crew of Abraxis.
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The Titty Totter Triumph, “You must be *this* topless to ride this ride.”
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Department of Public Works members Weldboy (right) and Sgt. Slaughter take a break in the action. Weldboy is a trencher at the event, who each year chooses one look, and goes with it. Speaking of this year's look, Weldboy said, "This year, I am doing this to experience what women go through."
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“This piece is called, ‘We Are Not The Horse,’” Jango (right) and Mateo said about their tall bar out of Auburn, CA.
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Karl Vance Miller (right) points to the RV behind him that made a six-hour trip from Sacramento to Black Rock City, a 35-hour trip, with burners from other camps like Cats! Cats! Cats! helping to push and pull the RV through the line until they finally made it.
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Artist Mathew Schultz, from Tahoe, tightens a tire on his art piece The Pier. “It’s a launching pad, a place where people can use their imagination,” Schultz said about his childhood inspired piece.
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Hurricane (right) and Cardinal Sin from Charlottesville, VA take an evening stroll down The Pier.
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Waitresses from the Dust City Diner served patrons grilled cheese sandwiches and coffee on a rolling diner that could pop up at anytime, anywhere.
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Kinnereth Wajsberg, from Israel, takes a break from bar tending at Vomiting Sparrows theme camp. Underage drinking is something bar tenders have to be aware of, as multiple law enforcement agencies are out in droves looking for violators of all kinds. This year, many of the bigger camp would not serve drinks to people who didn't have IDs.
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“I’m a Steampunk Robot, see my backpack?,” said Evil Ted, from Los Angeles, seen here ordering an afternoon bloody mary from bartender Or Shuval from Berkeley.
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Zoetrope artist Peter Hudson holds up a skull from his incredibly amazing art piece Charon. Hudson has been building art pieces for Burning Man for over 10 years, and many are saying this year’s piece is his best yet.
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Anthony Peterson, from Auburn, CA poses in front of his 15 Seconds of Fame art car. Peterson is part of the Burning Man Image Document Team, where photographers are selected by the organization and assigned a quadrant of the city to cover during the event.
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Art cars line up at the Department of Mutant Vehicles offices just after sunset where DMV members gather to go over the process of checking the cars for proper lighting and safety.
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An unnamed man stops his missile for a photo behind the Temple of Transition.
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Virgin (first time) Burners (from left) Alex Inglett, Amanda Shannon, Cameron Shannon, Brandy Seige, Sergio Bunstock, and Nicole Jenne show off their custom moustache scarves. “We wanted moustaches and we realized this was perfect! [My friend who made them] also made two for my dogs,” said Seige.
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