This past weekend marked the annual Burning Man festival—an event that you could say defies explanation. Taking place in the sweltering heat of Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, on an ancient lakebed known as the playa, it is an experiment in art, community and culture. Every year, thousands of visitors descend on this patch of desert to form a temporary community, known as Black Rock City.
Here, they celebrate life, self-expression and self-reliance, with no rules other than to accept and respect the community and one another. Some stay a week, some stay a month, but by the time the final visitors depart over the coming days, there will be no trace of the festival left behind—until next year, when creative and artistic souls from around the world will again return to Burning Man.
What’s the BURNING MAN experience? Check out our photos from the festival below!
Burning Man Photos
Since 1996, each Burning Man event has had a theme; for 2012 the theme was Fertility 2.0. Photo Credit: Michael Holden
Burning Man attracts more than 45,000 participants yearly. Photo Credit: Michael Holden
Burning Man takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. Photo Credit: Michael Holden
Those who go to Burning Man are encouraged to bring any odd or unique artsy invention. Photo Credit: Michael Holden
If you dress casual, you will stand out. You'll only get criticized for your costume if you don't have one. Photo Credit: Megan Pru
Burning Man Originated on a Nude Beach in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Megan Pru
Random hookups at Burning Man are also known as "Dust Love" "Tent Trysts," "Playa Sex," or "Burner Affairs." Photo Credit: Megan Pru
More than 2000 volunteers help out at Burning Man each year. Photo Credit: Megan Pru
There are no stores, restaurants, gas stations, parking lots, hotels, motels or rest areas at Burning Man. Photo Credit: Megan Pru
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