The Man Kcrew was on the playa last night, and they invited all hands to join them in waxing the Man.
Well, they didn’t really wax him. What they did was melt a bunch of wax, soak burlap in it, then attach it to the Man’s arms and legs. All to make him burn that much brighter in … wow, a week from Saturday!
Crimson Rose, the master of all flame-related customs at Burning Man, was directing the show. It’s a little different this year, because this is the year of Striding Man — the Man looks as if he’s in mid-stride. We’re not sure if he’ll assume his normal stance on Burn night, but we DO know that he’ll be able to raise his hands above his head before the fireworks kick off the big burn.
Blue, who runs the recycling operations for Black Rock City, lent a hand.
Sometimes the burlap attached itself to the wrong thing.
Burlap sacks were dipped in hot wax, then allowed to cool and attached to the Man.
Gameshow’s 17 year old stepdaughter. It might have been Gameshow himself who gave her her playa name.
Not much happens here without music and song to go along with it.
Titanium Sporkestra was in the house.
At the end of the night, we warmed ourselves by the fire of the Man Base crew
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.