Burners will tell you there’s no way to describe being at Burning Man; you have to experience it for yourself. These photos will at least help you imagine how it was on the playa, 2008.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky

Mind Shaft Society’s exhibit entitled “America 3.0” encouraged people to answer the question “What is Your American Dream?”

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

(Happy) Playa Feet! Some people wore moon boots to try to keep their little piggies clean, others just gave in and embraced the dust.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

A life-size mermaid adorns the front prow of Lady Sassafras, a giant silver bus that roamed the Playa blasting out party tunes.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

The French Maid Brigade visits Barbie Death Camp & Wine Bistro.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

This gentleman was giving away George Bush voodoo dolls from the depths of his fabulous gold suitcase.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

Just another day at 8:00 and Bonneville.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

The American Dream, burner-style, at sunset.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

Preparing for the impending dust storm at Center Camp.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

The Temple of Basura Sagrada, constructed mainly from burnable trash, recycled materials, and the tossed-off detritus of American society.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

View of The Man from the second level of The Temple of Basura Sagrada.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

Myk Henry’s “Bummer” art installation becomes an impromptu dance party.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

Accordion players strike up a tune at Kaleidoscope Kamp

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Fireworks herald the start of the main event.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

The Man Burns!

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

The Temple of Basura Sagrada burns on Sunday night.

Photo by Ross Borden

Taken in a statue garden off the Esplanade at 5:45 am. This is the most beautiful time of day in the Black Rock Desert.

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Looking from the top of the Temple across at the Man towards 6:00 / Center Camp.

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The Fire Garden at 10pm — start your night with flames shooting a couple feet over your head in all directions.

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This place had great music, a bar that was always serving stiff drinks and was a favorite hangout for the “really, really, really, really goodlooking people”.

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Metal ducky: one of the cooler single passenger art cars we saw on the playa.

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Vegas has nothing on Black Rock City.

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Critical Tits. There were so many participating that it became a traffic jam of bikes and boobs before it even got going. Most ended up walking their bikes.

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Really good house music and fun people at this tent.

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Wrapping up a sunset DJ session.

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Flaming ping pong anyone?

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A super-creative art car, all made out of scrap metal and old car parts.

Photo by Ross Borden

A DJ way out near the Temple, finishing his set around 5:30am.

Photo by Sonia Zamborsky.

The Aftermath: where else in the world would you see trash quite like this?

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