September 15, 2013

Burning Man: “Amazing Time Lapse of 2013 seen from 4 miles away.” (video)

Burning Man 2013 Time-Lapse: Seen Miles Away From A Mountain Top.

All the creativity, magic, LEDs, bikes, hedonism, partying, drugs, dust and community of Burning Man—seen from four miles away, on speed:

“This video captures Burning Man 2013 from an elevation of 5495 feet above sea level and over 4 linear miles from the center of Black Rock City. Old Razorback, aka Trego Peak, provides a unique vista of this incredible annual event. Climbing to the peak of Old Razorback has become a challenging and rewarding tradition for our team. This is a view that most will never experience in person. It is our passion to share it with the world through the lens of a camera. Climbing 1,888 feet in less than a mile over steep, unstable mountainside is a dangerous and exhilarating mission. This year we deployed cameras during the build week, capturing the growth of the city and ending it the night of the burn. We express gratitude to the family and friends that joined us for this epic climb. We could not do it alone. Many thanks to our team this year: Mark Phipps, John Phipps, Dallon Phipps, Kevin Johnson & Meghan Johnson. We also offer heartfelt thanks to OpenOptics, Eric Polin and Dusty Nix for designing such an incredible sound score for this year’s rendition.”

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lindseywenzelblog Sep 27, 2013 3:08pm

That's pretty incredible. I've listed going to Burning Man as something I want to do on my list of '30 Before 30.'

Jason Phipps Sep 17, 2013 11:19am

I should agree, BM is a bizarre spectacle; especially within the boundaries of the event. We offer a bird's-eye view of the cumulative energy. Thank you for this endorsement Karen. It’s really no different than capturing the cacophony of any city from afar. I say this humbly as someone that has done so rigorously, over time; and the time-lapse thing matters when it comes to perspective. Dallas, San-Fran, Las Vegas; these are all spectacles; beautiful feats of human will and ingenuity. Somehow, Black Rock City presents most gloriously every year. It’s the one place I schedule rigorously on my calendar, come hell or high water to capture. When you think about it, it’s likely to be the most beautiful and vibrant city on the planet for a week. It's not a place of sustainable economy (despite the fleeting and overly-optimistic notions of many of it's transient attendees). If the inhabitants of BRC were required to subsist for over 30 days, the majority would flea or perish. Still, it's lovely to see the passion of people’s creative endeavors manifesting on such a large scale. The expectations of these inhabitants are calibrated against the known half-life of the city; everyone knows it will be gone in a week or so. I'm still convinced that people seeking to create art and inspiration are on the correct path. I’m cut from the cloth of pragmatic and frugal pioneers, so I’m constrained for a while to watch with my loved-ones from a distance; longing to join the celebration, but conditionally begging sustainability/maturity. I’d love to live in a world where there exists this strange and beautiful place: once a year sincere people congregate creating something beautiful. I’m thrilled to live in a world where that actually exists. Thank you forefathers and pilgrims for carving that path; giving us this luxury, this space to experiment. Burning Man is one of the most important and stunning phenomena of our generation, especially in the North American West. Please pause dear wise-ones, and remember that this event is historically unprecedented in purpose, scale and grandeur upon the landscape of our species’ history. There has been nothing like it. That alone gives credence to its inherent value.

Jason Phipps

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