Faces in the Desert


We thought you might like to get a look at some of the people working in the desert to get everything ready for Burning Man.

We don’t have pictures of everyone, and we’re sorry about that, but we’ll continue to collect them as we move around. … You may have seen a few of them previously along the way, but here they are all in one place. And we’re sorry that we don’t have ALL the names to go with all the pictures, but we’re working on it.

So when you come out for the party and you see one of these folks, give a wave and maybe a thank you!

Miss Marney likes to make things go boom
Palinor and her equipment

Chaos runs heavy equipment
Gary lifts a lot of stuff high into the sky
Customer Service keeps the Ghetto up and running



Sylkia is the operations manager at the commissary
When this picture first ran, Stinger’s mom was very concerned that her daughter was pictured with a guy named Porn Star. … Mama Stinger, the origin of the name is a lot less interesting than you would imagine. Have no fear.
Thankfully, Thirteen is back on the scene.
Cuervo is the transpo manager



Of course Flash isn’t on the DPW, but he’s still a key player out here.
Gregg Fleishman is building the Temple of Wholyness
King Pole is running the show in Center Cafe
Pillow Talk



Shotgun makes sure the Fluffers get where they need to go
The Hun


Pigpen is back with the Oculus crew


When he’s not singing and playing the accordian, Blackthorn does a lot of surveying







Monkey Boy has the longest tenure on the Center Cafe crew








D.A. is counting the days until Playa Restoration begins.
We’ll resist the urge to say that Sgt. Slaughter has a leg up on the competition.
Eighteen years on the playa for Tony aka Coyote



About the author: John Curley

John Curley (that's me) has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 I spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. I loved it, and I've been doing it ever since. I was a newspaper person In a previous life, and I spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle. At the time I left, in 2007, I was the deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since then, I've turned a passion for photography into a second career. I shoot for editorial, commercial and private clients, and I'm especially fond of shooting weddings. I'm also the editor at large of the Tasting Panel magazine, which is devoted to the beverage industry. I've also taught a bit, including two years at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a year at San Francisco State University. I live on a (house)boat in Alameda, California.

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