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Gregor Rohrig attends AfrikaBurn for the first time, camera in hand.

SINCE 2007, AFRIKABURN emerges once a year in the Karoo, a semi-desert region of South Africa. The hot and dusty plains of the Tankwa National Park attract over 2000 participants from all over with this event, which has been described by many participants as an experiment in community, radical self-expression, and self-reliance — a festival in line with that of renowned Burning Man

During the day, the dusty desert heat prevails and people interact, exhibit, and relax. But once the sun sets and the orange dusk fades to darkness, the Karoo life takes a new shape with music, lights, dance, and fire.

As a first timer, I was unprepared for the creative chaos I witnessed. Even as a photographer, at times I felt slightly overwhelmed, losing my focus, trying to compose images while trying to absorb what was actually going on. This set of images is just a glimpse of AfrikaBurn.

All photos by Gregor Rohrig who retains all rights.

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Gregor Rohrig

Gregor is a South African media professional and avid photographer. He has a degree in Journalism and Anthropology, currently works in the field of digital media innovation, and has prospects to travel and document all four corners of the Earth. To read more about him and to see more pictures visit his website.

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  • http://ianmack.com/ Ian MacKenzie

    Wow!  I had no idea there was another big festival like this in South Africa.  I’m a two-time Burner so the similarities are obvious.  Would love to get there one day…

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