Burning Man is, at its core, a place of contrasts. The wide, open sky and the featureless plain of desert is suddenly and vibrantly filled with the most colorful people you could imagine. People who are getting out of their shells to dress up in goofy outfits that would have everybody staring if they were anywhere else – but this is Burning Man, so everybody is dressed like that.
Art seems to spring up out of the ground for people to marvel and wonder at. With so much or so many of all of those elements, you can bet that you’re going to get some very colorful, energetic, and vibrant images that will live on in hearts and minds for years to come. Even after the weird outfits have been tossed.
But What Do You Do With It?
Every year Burning Man has some cool avant garde art to show off on your Instagram page, and this year was no exception. There might have been a little more rain, but there was still a lot of stuff to marvel at. Like this big cube that has a circle cut in it.
We’re going to assume that’s for artistic reasons, because we can’t really come up with any other reason for a big circle cut in it. This guy is posed up next to it like he’s some sort of cover model, but it’s hard to see any of his details under all that dust and desert clothing and all the other affectations of Burning Man. And what are people doing around him? Just chatting.
A Kiss Goodbye
A desert beauty blows the camera a kiss on what might have been the final day of a Burning Man to remember. This woman was one of the people you might have spotted around the event walking on stilts, or spinning around on a hoop, or twirling on a pole – she had plenty of skills to show off to all the people stuck in the mud.
But, all such things must come to an end. Beauty is fleeting, they say, but the memories will remain and the images will become cherished. But can we take a moment to talk about her outfit? It kind of looks like she’s wearing a bra that has plush hot dogs attached to the front. It also looks like she took a fifties waitress outfit and stripped it down to the bare necessities.
A World of Cactus
Every year Burning Man has something new for the artist inside you. It might not be a very big artist, but there’s going to be something that you’ll enjoy seeing, even if it’s just a performance put on by somebody else who is spending a week there. What do we get to see here, you might ask?
Well, it’s kind of like a globe that is made out of pieces of glass and mirrors and metal that are designed to look like cactuses. They were a big draw for people at the Burning Man, but this image gives us a little bit of pause. Is it just us, or does it look a little...fake? We know that this was a real thing at a real Burning Man, since there are other pictures, but this one might be a mock-up or a proof-of-concept or something like that.
Somebody Free That Big Robot
It’s becoming clear that most of the time people at Burning Man will wander around at sunrise or sunset, try to take as many artistic and interesting photos as they can before it gets too hot, and then retreat back to the glamping tents where they can relax for the rest of the day.
This couple, for instance, saw a robot trying to get out of the desert and figured it would make for a good photo of a romantic kiss as the sun was just coming up. Sure, it’s a nice picture, but the robot’s presence in the photo makes it look a little more ominous than they might have been imagining. Like it takes umbrage at their love and has come to destroy it. Obviously not, but it’s still a goofy image.