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, and I'm especially fond of shooting weddings. I'm also the editor at large of the Tasting Panel magazine, which is devoted to the beverage industry. I've also taught a bit, including two years at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a year at San Francisco State University.
I live on a (house)boat in Alameda, California.