Steve Tambosso - "The Wandering Fireman" | 2016 Burning Man
Burning Man is a festival of radical free expression and a culturally charged, musically infused, sculpturally decorated and spiritually blessed, artistically infused, sexually enhanced, mind bending "Woodstock" type of event where all are welcome and everyone is not just "encouraged" to participate, but "mandated" to do so in one of ten "tenets" that base the event. Spectating is not allowed. Participation is compulsory. It is held every year in late August/early September 200 miles north of Reno Nevada in a temporary "city" on a dry alkali lake bed where 70,000 people congregate on seven square miles...quite literally in the middle of "nowhere"...to "get their freak on". There are participation camps of many kinds that offer every type of activity you can imagine. You must bring everything you will need for eight days of survival in the hot Nevada desert as there is nothing for sale or purchase at Burning Man. "De-commodification" is another of the tenets. You must also be completely self sufficient in all aspects of your existence while on the Playa. There is no food or water for purchase. Additionally, you are encouraged to gift things to other people...any item of personal meaning to you that you think your recipient would appreciate. There is no expectation of recompense in this offer. It is a gift given completely without barter. I brought along a book of some 100 photographic prints I'd made of the best of my work and I gifted those prints to whom I thought would appreciate my work. If you have never heard of Burning Man I urge you to Google and read up on it. I had a blast at the event and it's on my calendar now every year until the day I die. Photographically, I brought a lot of gear with me but all these images were shot using only my Canon 5D Mark III and my 24-105 f/4.0 L lens. You can click on any image to enlarge it to full screen.
This art piece known as the Lighthouse was burned to the ground the day before the man burned.A "Bedouin Oasis" out on the Playa.A view across the Playa.This gal had one of the "cooler" bikes on the Playa.Lots of places to enjoy oneself.  These gals were playing tetherball....or, just hang out on a swing and have fun.Looking out over the Playa nearing sunset through one of the metal art sculptures.One of the mutant "art cars".  Buddy in the driver seat is giving me the wave.An interesting art project out on the Playa.Nothing beats a tire swing to have a laugh or two.Another one of the cool mutant bicycles.Dancing at center camp.  Some of the dancers were quite good.Dancers at center camp.  Some were very good.A very cool metal art sculpture out on the Playa.Looking out over the Playa from one of the elevated platforms.A "wedding".  Not sure how much power was vested in the minister.The gals got in on the fun too.It was a lot of fun to watch them smash at each other with foam bats.Even though nobody got hurt some matches were clearly "mis-matches".  lol.This guy got pummelled.