Would you like to have some snappies from Burning Man? Are you worried about ruining your “good” camera? Then keep it safe at home, or keep wrapped up in a plastic baggie, and use the camera you have with you — your phone.
Here are some pics from around and about over the past week. They were all taken (and edited) with the phone.
(And just for a second we’ll leave aside discussions of whether to take pics at all, what to take pictures of, and what you’ll do with them later. … They’re all good and worthy discussions, but let’s put them on hold for just a little bit.)
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.