It's two years since I graced the playa in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada for my first Burning Man experience. It's very difficult to explain to someone who has never been but officially it is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance. You bring everything you need to survive for a week in the desert and don't spend any money when you are there, everyone gifts everyone.
This is a truly magical experience and I have never been in a crowd of 50,000 people who were so happy and simply enjoying life. Whilst cycling around (you need a bike as it's so big) you will probably find some guy has set up his own bar and offers you a freezing cold beer, a couple offering hotdogs from a hotdog stand that is a 20 minute cycle from anything or just stumble across an old long forgotten pier which has been transported from it's original home to the playa, this place has everything and anything.
When night descends the temperature dips and the party begins but in all honesty this is a 24/7 party if you want it to be. The playa comes to life with 'art cars' which can be anything from a converted bus that now resembles a boat from Pirates of the Caribbean to an old truck that is now a fire breathing dragon! Put this together with some amazing dj's and theme camps and before you know it the sun is coming up again.
To all my mates that are heading back this year have an amazing time and for anyone that has a bucket list this is something to put on it!
Hopefully next year I'll be back on the playa!
I'm Mel and I'm a freelance photographer based in Dublin. I photograph all sorts of events throughout the country and further afield with a professional yet relaxed style.