Posts by Michael Holden

August 29th, 2014  |  Filed under Photos/Videos/Media

Burning Man 2014 Installations, Part One

If I had an intern, or a ghost writer, or even another fifteen minutes, this space would be occupied by poignant observations, a vague reference towards the weather, a witty quip about Burners and their general resilience to adversity, and finish with a snarky zinger. But…it’s sunset, the light is great, I’m going out to shoot, so let’s get down to it!

The Man

Big Man, little moon, Burning Man 2014

The Man at Sunrise with Dragon Smelter by Danny Macchiarini maki

The Man and the Temple of Grace at sunset, Burning Man 2014

The Man and Embrace as seen from the  top deck of the Cosmic Pra

 

Embrace, by the Pier Group

 

The Temple of Grace by David Best at Sunrise

Embrace by The Pier Group

Embrace by The Pier Group

Embrace by The Pier Group

Scale: HUGE

Scale: HUGE

Under Construction

Under Construction

 

The Temple of Grace, by David Best

Sunrise Panorama, Burning Man 2014

The Temple of Grace at Sunrise, Burning Man 2014

The Temple of Grace by David Best, side view

The Man and Embrace as seen from the  top deck of the Cosmic Pra

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And last but not least, El Pulpo Mechanico…

El Pulpo Mechanico

Stuff is exploding outside, gotta go. More  either late tonight, or early tomorrow.

September 1st, 2013  |  Filed under Photos/Videos/Media

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult’s Burn Night

[Editor's Note: We're happy to have photographer Michael Holden documenting the art and experience of Burning Man for you this year, and posting regular submissions to the Burning Blog. You can find all his posts by clicking here. Enjoy!]

 If you are just joining us, for the sake of reference, scale and sheer wow factor, Cargo Cult’s Burning Man was on top of the largest base ever: A giant UFO.  Look at those two people in the shade in the left side of the photo….

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

 

The Burning Man starts to sparkle at 9:34 PM

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

We have liftoff…

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

Sparkleworks!

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

The Signal is sent…

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Flame effect as it is triggered….

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

Flash #1…

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

 

New haircut…Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

 

Lookin’ good!Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Flash #2, aka “the big one”Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

Time to burn.

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

 

The effect in the next three photos is called “the heart attack”…

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

Huge fire…

 

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

 

 

Moments before the collapse, 9:49 PM…Burning Man 2013: Cargo Cult Night of the Burn

Lots more to shoot, temple burn tomorrow night.

The Man burns in 365 days.

 

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August 31st, 2013  |  Filed under Photos/Videos/Media

The Man Burns in 0 Days

[Editor's Note: We're happy to have photographer Michael Holden documenting the art and experience of Burning Man for you this year, and posting regular submissions to the Burning Blog. You can find all his posts by clicking here. Enjoy!]

 

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

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Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

Burning Man 2013: State of the Art

August 29th, 2013  |  Filed under Photos/Videos/Media

CoRE 2013: 360° Panoramas

[Editor's Note: We're happy to have photographer Michael Holden documenting the art and experience of Burning Man for you this year, and posting regular submissions to the Burning Blog. You can find all his posts by clicking here. Enjoy!]

 The 2013 CORE installations burn tonight. In about four hours. Yikes. I made these panoramas of each of the four CORE groups this morning because I wouldn’t get another chance. Click the image below to check ‘em out. For best results, follow the instructions on the next page.

2013 CoRE Project 360° Panoramas

 

On that note, I’m going to change into my burn clothes and double check my gear, because at the stroke of 9 o’oclock tonight, these installations are gonna burn, big-time.  Should have pics of that later tonight.

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August 27th, 2013  |  Filed under Photos/Videos/Media

State of the Art, Burning Man 2013

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I think that y’all like my photos more than my prose. In the spirit of doing what one does best, I’ll cut this short and get back out there.

Burning Man Art Preview:  Truth is Beauty panorama

Truth is Beauty by Marco Cochrane

 

Burning Man Art Preview: Victoria CoRE

Flor de Muerto by Victoria CoRE, during construction

 

Burning Man Art Preview: Victoria CoRECompleted

Flor de Muerto by Victoria CoRE, on the evening of it’s completion

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September 5th, 2011  |  Filed under Tales From The Playa

The Temple of Transition’s Burn

Tales From The Playa are dreams and memories of events that took place at Burning Man, as told by its participants.

The Temple of Transition’s burn was quick and hot: by my clock it was only about 20 minutes between the structure getting lit and the rangers dropping the perimeter. It’s brevity did not detract from it’s beauty by any means as I’m sure you will agree. Much respect to the Temple crew.

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September 4th, 2011  |  Filed under Tales From The Playa

Burning Man 2011: The Burn

Tales From The Playa are dreams and memories of events that took place at Burning Man, as told by its participants.

Nothing to say here except happy new year, folks!

(More pics on my flickr strream here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelholden )

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September 2nd, 2011  |  Filed under Tales From The Playa

In Dust We Trust

Tales From The Playa are dreams and memories of events that took place at Burning Man, as told by its participants.

“Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten.”
– Neil Gaiman

We love to hate the dust. It gets into everything, it sticks to anything. What it touches is marked for the remainder of it’s  significantly shortened lifespan. I believe we ingest a lot more of it than we imagine. Fighting it — believe me, I’ve tried — is useless.

But I find that when I quit fighting and embrace the dust, and I mean truly become one with it and of it and in it, it becomes almost impossible to become actually dirty. And my camera gets a magical Shield of Immunity against playa, and so I go out and shoot what the dust reveals.

Hawaii CORE project

Dusty Couple

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