THERE’S ONLY ONE PLACE in the world which I know of where I can step into a phone booth and talk to god; climb the branches of a giant tree with illuminated LED leaves changing color to the tune of a live piano player below; or ride around in a camel with four wheels — and two humps filled with water for thirsty desert dwellers. That place is Burning Man, the otherworldly, temporary city that emerges from the dusty Black Rock Desert in Nevada for just one week each year.
This was my seventh year attending and participating in Burning Man, and the experience was still revelatory, no matter how many times I’ve been. Whenever I set foot on that dusty, dried up lakebed, lovingly referred to as the Playa, I’m always filled with a flow of wonder, awe, disbelief, gratitude, and delight. The creativity and community at Burning Man make me hopeful for this crazy world we live in, for if we can collectively build all this, then we can certainly make things better beyond the dust.
Take a journey through some of the coolest scenes from this year’s Burning Man 2017, Radical Ritual.