Sunday, October 19, 2014

Burning Man 2014 - Wheel of Fortune

Burning Man organizers invited me back to work on the Documentation Team again this year and I am forever grateful. The idea behind the team is Burning Man staff are serious about documenting and archiving images and other media each year that capture as much of Black Rock City as possible. There are about eighteen still photographers on the team and we receive individual assignments just before the event that includes portions of the art installations and art vehicles on the playa, performances and people we are asked to concentrate on. This year I was assigned to photograph a pie-piece-wedge-shape area starting at the Man and out along 6:00 to the Esplanade and over to 4:30. I had to organize a schedule of loose sorts because I needed to get enough rest to keep going over eleven days in order to get a good mix of day and night time shots. My favorite time to photograph was during early morning between 3:00 am and dawn. There was something about the energy during that time that made the job more special. Many of the hardcore partiers were disbursed or passed-out, it was quieter, and there were a lot of couples walking or riding bikes around visiting and enjoying the art installations and each other. 

One of my favorite art installations was Wheel of Fortune. It was very photogenic day and night:

Wheel of Fortune

by Anne Staveley, Jill Sutherland and Kasia Bilhartz, Santa Fe, NM, Los Angeles, CA, Carson, WA

Explore the circumference of this curious structure whose walls are made entirely of portals. The 26ft diameter circle of 22 doors have their own unique character and message. Wheel of Fortune is an interactive installation and divination tool featuring the 22 Major Arcana cards of the tarot and inspired by a circle of women.

Each door bears a unique life-sized image with a likeness of a figure etched from centuries of vision and myth. A glow from within the circle’s nucleus dances through the cracks… music and laughter beckon you from within. These wonders intrigue a weary traveler, whose silk road journey has thus far been an elusive quest for meaning… until now. Enter into the warming void of light.

Raised high above is a flaming hearth held by a wondrous sculpture of exquisite metallurgical craftsmanship and detail. Deep sienna-orange hues dance to beautiful sounds that reveal uniquely feminine shadows on the 22 doors that face the fire.

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See more about Burning Man art here: http://www.burningman.com/installations/art_honor.html#1023


Copyright 2014 Scott Williams

Copyright 2014 Scott Williams

Copyright 2014 Scott Williams

Copyright 2014 Scott Williams

Copyright 2014 Scott Williams

Copyright 2014 Scott Williams

Copyright 2014 Scott Williams