The burn of 2022 was my fifth burn and my fourth working as a volunteer firefighter in the emergency services department of the event. Because of the global pandemic of 2020-21 there was a three year gap between my last trip in 2019 and this one. It was clear that there was a palpable fervour among the "burners" of the world and we were all itching to get back out onto the playa to experience the bizarre kaleidoscope of colour, art and music that comprises "Burning Man." As always... I was torn between wanting to peddle around the playa and capture as many images of the event as I could and wanting to put my camera down and just enjoy the event for what it is. Add to that, of the five times I've been to the burn this year was the hottest, the windiest and therefore the dustiest of them all. I fully concede that there were many times I ventured out to the playa... camera in hand... only to be hoist the white flag of surrender to the playa god of wind and dust and peddle back to my air conditioned R.V. to guzzle down an ice cold beer. I did manage to get a few shots and I hope you like the limited number of images I got.
© Steve Tambosso - "The Wandering Fireman"