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Pedaling in Pink

Pedaling in Pink
Photograph by Melissa Farlow

Virtually anything goes at Burning Man. The temporary art community reinvents itself with a new theme each year the week before Labor Day in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, a dry lake bed 120 miles (190 kilometers) north of Reno. Participants, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, pay up to $250 to experience the weeklong festivities. Last year’s event (when the theme was the Body) drew almost 26,000 people, including performance artist Jeanne Lauren, the hot-pink biker above. Organizers set a 40-foot (12-meter) stick figure ablaze, along with other works of incendiary art. “It’s an explosion of creative self-expression,” says Erin “Red” Thompson, a unicycle riding tuba player and Burning Man veteran. “It’s the perfect venue where people can release all inhibitions and I can do the things I love.” Though everyone is welcome, Burning Man may not be for everyone. Nudity, illegal substances, and sexually explicit themes are as ubiquitous as the high desert winds.



Camera: Nikon F4
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: 20-35mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 at f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Gusty wind storm
Time of Day: 2 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Available light

Special Equipment or Comments:
The storm blowing across the Playa made it difficult to keep dust out of my camera, so I held it under my Gore-Tex jacket until I saw a picture I wanted to take. Reloading was a nightmare.


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