The Man is risen

look-whos-hereThe excitement is thicker than ever, people. The light is beautiful, the Man base … I’m not wanting to blow smoke here, but it’s pretty damn incomparable.

And now, the Man himself has taken his place in the middle of things, right where he belongs.

Can you feel it?

It’s all getting so close.

About the author: John Curley

John Curley (that's me) has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 I spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. I loved it, and I've been doing it ever since. I was a newspaper person in a previous life, and I spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle. At the time I left, in 2007, I was the deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since then, I've turned a passion for photography into a second career. I shoot for editorial, commercial and private clients. I've also taught a little bit, including two years at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a year at San Francisco State University. I live on the San Mateo coast, just south of San Francisco in California.

16 Comments on “The Man is risen

  • ms_trouble says:

    More, more! Pretty please…

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  • Queequeg says:


    I am leaving early to begin my first trip to the man.

    No way I can sleep tonight. Instead, with my eyes closed, I am floating on a calm blue sea of envy, from every person I know who isn’t making this trip.

    Queequeg said: “I look, you look, he looks, we look, ye look, they look.”

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  • nice photo, john!

    it got already reposted on some facebook photo galleries. not easy to track that it was from you, since there is no watermark… that’s how i found it.

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  • BrotherMichael says:

    I can feel it.
    Whether you are going to the playa this year or not,
    you can feel it.
    It’s not on the playa, it’s in your heart.
    I can’t wait to be welcomed home by him.

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  • NATASAURUS says:

    soooo close! I leave today straight from work! I can’t wait.

    Its never real for me until I cross the border! My friends just got denied entry yesterday and won’t be able to make it out this year :(

    Here’s hoping my border crossing goes more smoothly and I get to see the man in person!

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  • Kelly says:

    So beautiful! Big kiss to the man! And sloppy ones to all those who birthed and placed him.

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  • Artivism says:

    The excitement in the city here is building up to!
    Yes we can feel it!
    Thanks for the updates of evolution of the city, one day I will be there from the start….ARTIVISM 4:20 & lineage

    on another note…do you know where i can post the below:

    Rented a van from enterprise in MAY, sent me an email confirmation,
    called this past sat. to reconfirm, “no problem”,
    they called me monday to say they were overbooked and added by the way we forgot to tell you can’t the the van out of cali, nor can you drive it on unpaved roads!
    the next conversation she said that they weren’t renting vehicles to anyone going to burning man,
    She never asked me and i never said that i was!
    we will be in touch with you mid september-thanks much c u all on the playa!


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  • Erin says:

    Just wanted to tell you how much I’ve been enjoying your posts, and especially your photos. Beautiful, beautiful compositions.

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  • Tangles says:

    Thanks to your blogs & pix, I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in over a week. I keep waking up with visions of the playa dancing in my head. Not a bad way to spend the wee hours though!! The anticipation is bigger for me this year for some reason. Hmmm, I wonder what the Man has in store.

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  • Andy Hedden-Nicely says:

    In your heart, in your mind, the spirit is strong. Be there next week.

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  • John Curley says:

    Thanks very much for your words of support. Very much appreciated!

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  • youssef says:

    The MAN looks great up there! and I can’t wait to see it burn!
    This is my highlight of the year!
    Thanks to everybody who make this happen:)

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  • Rebecca says:

    By far the most incredible man structure EVER! Thank you for the pics!

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  • BLFD1 says:

    Less than 3 hours… I can’t wait to be on the playa again. So many friends and familiar sights, smells, sounds. I’ll be home again soon.

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  • GerryS says:

    great photo——


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