Burning Man 2009, by Hector Santizo [26 Pics]

Burning Man 2009, Before fire

Burning Man 2009 – Before the fire

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
1. Radical Inclusion: Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.
Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Introduction

Once a year, tens of thousands of participants gather in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to create Black Rock City, dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.
Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. To truly understand this event, one must participate.  Burning Man is also an ever-expanding year-round culture based on the Ten Principles (you can find them as captions under the first 10 pictures below).

There are no rules about how one must behave or express oneself at this event (save the rules that serve to protect the health, safety, and experience of the community at large); rather, it is up to each participant to decide how they will contribute and what they will give to this community.

The event takes place on an ancient lakebed, known as the playa. By the time the event is completed and the volunteers leave, sometimes nearly a month after the event has ended, there will be no trace of the city that was, for a short time, the most populous town in the entire county. Art is an unavoidable part of this experience, and in fact, is such a part of the experience that Larry Harvey, founder of the Burning Man project, gives a theme to each year, to encourage a common bond to help tie each individual’s contribution together in a meaningful way. Participants are encouraged to find a way to help make the theme come alive, whether it is through a large-scale art installation, a theme camp, gifts brought to be given to other individuals, costumes, or any other medium that one comes up with.

The Photographer Hector Santizo has visited the Burning man both 2009 and 2010 and has agreed to share his wonderful pictures with us.  You can find out more about Hector at his website: santizo.com. This article contain photos from the 2009 Event. We will within days publish the 2010 and 2011 pictures. [26 Pictures]

Hint: Use the “j” and “k” keys to jump from one picture to the next.

Burning Man 2009, Arms and Legs

Burning Man 2009, Arms and Legs

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
2. Gifting: Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, Faces

Burning Man 2009, Faces

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
3. Decommodification: In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, Lockman

Burning Man 2009, Lockman

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
4. Radical Self-reliance: Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, Pulpit

Burning Man 2009, Pulpit

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
5. Radical Self-expression: Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, Castle on Wheels

Burning Man 2009, Castle on Wheels

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
6. Communal Effort: Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, Giraffe

Burning Man 2009, Giraffe

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
7. Civic Responsibility: We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, Costumes

Burning Man 2009, Costumes

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
8. Leaving no Trace: Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, Triceratops

Burning Man 2009, Triceratops

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
9. Participation: Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, Lockman

Burning Man 2009, Lockman

The 10 Principles of the Burning Man:
10. Immidiacy: Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience. Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

Burning Man 2009, sand creatures

Burning Man 2009, sand creatures

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Burning Man 2009, temple

Burning Man 2009, temple

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Burning Man 2009, Rocket

Burning Man 2009, Rocket

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Burning Man 2009, people on wings

Burning Man 2009, people on wings

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Burning Man 2009, Damn you world!

Burning Man 2009, Damn you world!

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Burning Man 2009, Protection from sun and sand

Burning Man 2009, Protection from sun and sand

Photo Credit: Hector SantizoBurning Man 2009, Hand in Hand

Burning Man 2009, Hand in Hand

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Burning Man 2009, Spreading her wings

Burning Man 2009, Spreading her wings

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Burning Man 2009, Dirt Diver

Burning Man 2009, Dirt Diver

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Burning Man 2009, Desert fish

Burning Man 2009, Desert fish

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Burning Man 2009, The Bug

Burning Man 2009, The Bug

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Burning Man 2009, Charging the Dragon

Burning Man 2009, Charging the Dragon

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Burning Man 2009, Half naked people

Burning Man 2009, Half naked people

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Burning Man 2009, Getting ready to burn

Burning Man 2009, Getting ready to burn

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Burning Man 2009, Celebrations

Burning Man 2009, Celebrations

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Burning Man 2009, Grand Finale

Burning Man 2009, Grand Finale

Photo Credit: Hector Santizo

One Comment

  1. Burning Man looks like a good reason to terraform Mars, all that new desert for future colonists to have multiple Burning Alien celebrations.

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