As 10-10-10 draws to a close I head over to Dogpatch in the eastern part of the city for Burning Man's Decompression. Burning Man was born in San Francisco and this year is the 25th anniversary of this extreme art festival. The main event is held on Labor Day week in the Black Rock Desert in Northwestern Nevada, but this is the beloved "afterparty" in the City.
When I arrive at the six block event-area at the foot of Potrero Hill the place is absolutely roaring. People in all types of fanciful dress are arriving from all directions and the place is surging with high energy. Pulsing techno and electronica are pumping out through huge banks of speakers at key locations. The Burning Man community really knows how to party. The feeling is here is "altered state" all the way and the mood ecstatic.
I pop on my glittery bowler hat and feel a tinge of regret that I hadn't taken some time to think about a more artistic outfit. The idea is to enter a world of personal creative expression as quickly as possible. I jump into the flow by responding to the images as they move around and through me.
10-10-10 is a day of reflective awareness. That is why the climate activists have made 10-10-10 Climate Awareness Day. I think about the huge amount of jet fuel just burned by the Blue Angels in the celebration over the City and about my own modes of transportation, heating etc. Burning Man has encouraged people to carpool and use public transportation to get here, but I can't figure out how to do that with my schedule and camera gear. The best I can do now is to open up my mind and heart and feel the joy of this amazing artistic community.
Above - This couple hung out in the glow of the catcar for a very long time - just loving each other.
Below- A Shimmering, color shifting beauty casts a magical spell at the edge of the park. It is hard to walk away. The guy in the braided coat can't stop shooting video of the spectral hues as they play through the face of the feminine. This piece is the pure love of light and the human form. It feels good on my way in and my way out.
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