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July 11, 2015

A Pictorial Journey to Burning Man. {Nudity}

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It all started in the summer of 2002 with little more than a Jesus costume, a pyramid of canned chili and 20 gallons of water stuffed into the back of a 1983 Volvo station wagon.

I was a Southern Baptist preacher, convinced by a friend, to putter a beater car into the Black Rock Desert of northern Nevada. I was thrown head-long into America’s most eclectic, provocative and combustible arts festival—Burning Man.

Suddenly, the universe became much larger than I had previously realized.

Since emerging from that head splitting experience, I began a journey out of Christian ministry into a career of festival and news photojournalism.

The Burning Man experience rewired my mind and soul.

The experience shattered the narrow confines of my previously-held beliefs—all the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put my old head back together again.

Further, that experience rewired my brain in other ways too. I’d been born with the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck, cutting the oxygen supply to my brain for several seconds. A mild version of cerebral palsy resulted and has limited my motor control functions down the right side of my body, as well as hampering my creative energy.

But something happened that trip—it helped fire long blocked energy and passion. Never before had I realized I might have a talent for photography. Though, I still must physically adapt holding my camera body during photo shoots. (I wrap my left hand underneath the camera and push the shutter release button with my left index finger).

Despite the necessity for a little physical adaptation, a new creative universe opened itself to me.

This is my a photo display—all black and white photography from Burning Man.

Over the past decade I have contributed photography to a number of music festivals and national publications including the L.A.Times and USA Today. I traded in the church pulpit for a camera documenting music and arts festivals around the country. I wear my, now trademark, sequin Santa suit.

I may have lost my religion, but I found my mind and soul.

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Author: Andrew Wyatt

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: courtesy of the author 

 

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steve helm Nov 17, 2015 6:59pm

We come into this world naked, we leave it naked. Why hide in between? Yes , for protection from the elements and mishaps. But why hinder your body from breathing freely when relaxing. Shoes taken off, it feels great to be barefoot. If you’ve nothing to hide (you have no place when nude) age or malformities are just a record of past experiences. Rejoice and be proud of where you’ve been. It is you.

RvonL Sep 9, 2015 3:15pm

A beautiful person, its no doubt that he can capture the purest essence of those around him. Andrew preaches to us through his photography…each shot is like a sermon, full of love and life and goodness to all.

Jwebb Sep 5, 2015 12:43am

Yep a bunch of naked women running around can easily make the weak rescind their faith

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Andrew Wyatt

Andrew Wyatt considers himself lucky to be alive today, due to the fact he almost died at childbirth. The umbilical cord got wrapped around his neck and cut off the oxygen supply to his brain. Since day one, every new day has been a gift to his life. Despite having mild physical disabilities due to cerebral palsy and an understandable hesitation to wear necklaces, Andrew has plunged headlong into the miraculous journey called life. Once thought, by several doctors, that he would never even learn to walk, Andrew has climbed and skied mountains. Further, he has learned to help others with disabilities as special education teacher. After briefly pursuing a career as a Southern Baptist preacher, Andrew found his passion and talent for photojournalism as well as quite a colorful wardrobe. His work has appeared in national publications including the L.A. Times, USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle. He prefers to document the colorful world of music festivals and Burning Man in a red sequin Santa suit. The suit makes people happy and that makes Andrew happy. Catch up with Andrew on his websitefacebook and flickr.