Watch as the playa turns from dust to festival then back to dust in 5 minutes.

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A city materializes out of the sand and grit of the desert. Lights dance across it. Sculptures flare up and disappear. Then, as quickly as it emerges, the city dissolves back into the dust.

Because of its temporary nature, Burning Man seems like the perfect timelapse fodder.

Setting a camera up for a five-week timelapse isn’t easy. Power and memory are just two of the issues. Here is a link to the photographer’s solutions to the problems of large-scale timelapse.

Video created by Peretz Partensky.