The Matador crew has been representing at Burning Man for several years straight.

THE FOLLOWING ARE VISUAL DISPATCHES from Matador co-founder Ross Borden, Matador Productions guru Ian MacKenzie, and photographer James Brian Fidelibus. If you have your own stories from this year’s Burn, photo-based or otherwise, we’d love for you to share them in the comments.

1

Playa

The wide-open playa ready for exploration, with art sculptures throughout the space. Art cars, bikes, and pedestrians all share it with -- surprisingly -- very few collisions.

Photo: James Brian Fidelibus
2

Surveying

Michelle Chu stops by the Man to take in the sights at sunset one evening. The festival brought in over 60,000 people this year to create a city in the desert, close to Gerlach, Nevada.

Photo: James Brian Fidelibus
3

Man

The Man, sitting atop the largest base structure in recent memory.

Intermission
9

Burning Man remixed

by Christine Garvin
18

18 Burners who lost their Burning Man virginity

by Carolyn Evans
4

Truth, Beauty & Burning Man: Interview with Marco Cochrane [VID]

by Ian MacKenzie
4

In the Man

This year there was a structure inside the Man that you could climb. Ross Borden looks down from 40ft.

5

Universe

One of our favorite pieces this year, Universe, allowed you to spin and swing a hanging boulder and a carousel lined with granite slabs weighing upwards of 80,000lbs.

6

Mirrors

Artist Kirsten Berg created this art piece on the playa to share with fellow attendees.

Photo: James Brian Fidelibus
7

Ian

Ian MacKenzie snaps a self-portrait in a mirrored art piece on the playa.

8

Pirates

Burners pose in 'the lifeboat' just in front of the spectacular pirate ship -- an addition to the dock from 2011.

9

Critical Tits

Participants in the Critical Tits bike parade that happens every year. More of a celebration of the female figure, it attracts about 6,000 women who proudly display their mostly painted torsos.

Photo: James Brian Fidelibus
Intermission
45

The first-timer’s guide to participating at Burning Man

by Lucia Stewart
100

50 of the coolest Burning Man art installations ever [pics]

by Katie Scott Aiton
24

At the edge of death at Burning Man [VID]

by Ian MacKenzie
10

Kiss

A kiss in the deep playa. Still deeper, you can barely make out distant Burners on bikes and art installations.

11

Thunderdome

Two female "fighters" duke it out with flexible pool noodles in the famous Thunderdome, put on by the Death Guild Camp. Strapped in by bungee cords, they are flung towards each other and the mayhem ensues.

Photo: James Brian Fidelibus
12

Lit

A very cool, very colorful piece between the esplanade and the Man.

13

Pulpo Mecanico

"El Pulpo Mecanico," a 26ft-tall metal octopus, roams the vast open space and shoots fire out of its tentacles and head. Made mostly of recycled and used junk, it goes through 200 gallons of propane each night.

Photo: James Brian Fidelibus
14

Nonstop

Sunrise on the playa. Behind the photographer, the dance party at the 'Disco Knights' tent rages on.

15

Temple sunrise

Sunrise at the Temple of Juno. It's customary for Burners to gather every morning and cheer the return of the sun.

Intermission
7

The sickest Burning Man POV you’ll ever see

by Joshywashington
5

Timelapse: Dust to ashes at Burning Man [VID]

by eric warren
9

Burning Man: Rites Of Passage [PICS]

by Ian MacKenzie
16

Temple of Juno

The Temple provides a backdrop for some solo morning yoga.

17

Gathering

Inside the Temple of Juno. Prayers and offerings for the deceased are left throughout the week. When the Temple is burned on Sunday night, the entire playa is silent.

18

EGO

Fittingly, the "EGO" art piece was burned by the end of the week, revealing another art piece inside.

19

The sun sets

A sunset bike ride across the playa.

20

Going up

Part of the pyrotechnics show during the burning of the Man is a massive 'explosion' effect that results in a bellow of thick, black smoke, almost like a mini mushroom cloud.

21

The Burn

Cheering the Man being burned. Part of the Burning Man Festival is watching huge structures go up in flame. Note the dust devil to the right of the Man, caused by the intense heat.

Photo: James Brian Fidelibus