Friday, September 20, 2013

Burning Man 2013 - technology, Holga

an art piece like this takes on a slightly different meaning once you're away from the daily computers and technology for a week.....


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fairly different

Ohhh. So funny.

St. Charles Borromeo Annual Festival, North Hollywood, CA, April 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

Burning Man 2013 Temple of Whollyness Holga, Part 2

I was quite drawn to the temple of Whollyness with my Holga camera. It's funny because when I visited at the beginning of the week, it was kind of a bleh spot for me. After the temple of 2011, it seemed rather plain and it was yet another of the pyramids on the playa. But as the week went on and more and more people visited, left notes, rested and otherwise added their part to the temple, I grew to like it much more. The open walls worked incredibly well for people to leave their little alters, notes and gifts and change the atmosphere. These photos of the temple on Friday evening are some of my favorite photos I've developed from Burning Man so far.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Burning Man 2013 Random Moments, holga 1

 random mannequin parts! Sure! They look great sprouting from the playa surface!

This guy and his campmate provided music for our street off and on throughout the week, luckily in great contrast to the megaphone-weilding camp across the street from where I was camping. ("PERVERT!" and "Attention campmates, it is not quite 8am. You still have plenty of time to sleep"... gah!) This particular morning this guy was playing super chill music that seemed to make many people happy.

end of Critical Tits ride

this vehicle was part of my walk to the porto potties every day. Nothing unusual to see here...


Friday, September 6, 2013

Burning Man 2013 - Center Camp Holga Style

The city at Burning Man is laid out on a clock-like manner with "hour" streets radiating from the center point, where the Man resides. Last time I went to Burning Man, I camped around 9 o'clock, which meant I didn't spend much time at Center Camp, at 6. Since we were at 5:45 this year, I managed to wander to Center Camp much more frequently, experiencing the busy life of the afternoon hours and the quiet calmness of the early morning. Center Camp is one of the few places where something can be purchased in Black Rock City - in this case, coffee, which attracts a crowd itself. There's also a stage where people play music and read poems or perform spoken word (I listened to The Urban Shaman play the didgeridoo in the early morning hours while sketching in a random book laying on a nearby table with a box of pastels. Fun!), displays of smaller art projects like paintings, collage and sculptures (I hope to get something up here next year maybeeeeeee) as well as all sorts of seating and open places where people dance, spin things and generally hang out and entertain. I enjoyed watching the afternoon crowd where I preferred to be part of the evening crowd. This photoset is from one of those busy afternoons.

Acroyoga, which seems to be a popular activity in Center Camp

afternoon entertainment...

This woman was sitting in the Center Camp and asked that you select a pottery pedant that spoke to you. She would then tie it onto a necklace and place it around your neck. She's tying the necklace I selected in this photo.

Although I didn't set out to collect necklaces this year, I ended up with quite a few. Now that I'm home, I'm kinda happy I have so many though. I've found myself wanting to wear them, to keep a little reminder of Burning Man with me, even if it's more hidden away under my shirt. The  three pictured include one made from the equivalent of about 1 1/2 recycled aluminum cans, cut, stamped and drilled on the playa, hosted by the Recycling Camp, the pottery pendant from the woman above and the lamplighter pendant I received after helping out with the lamp lighting one night.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Burning Man 2013 - Holga 1

Over the past month or so, my posts have been fairly absent, partially due to a lot of socialization, Burning Man prep and Burning Man itself. Now that Burning Man is over, there's so much to catch up on! I completed a few different sewing and other crafty projects in preparation. I also experimented with some new recipes that all turned out well on the playa. In addition, I have all sorts of photos from times with friends and family. I'll be playing catch-up for a while....

This year I decided to pick up a Holga Camera just for Burning Man so I could take some medium format photos and get some film photos. Luckily I can find fairly discounted Holga's at the Freestyle photo store in Hollywood, so I could mentally treat it as disposable and not worry about it too much. The "Sunset Blvd." color decorated with some glow in the dark paint produced a camera that seemed at home at Burning Man and in great contrast with the black and white film I loaded in it all week. Dust quickly accumulated inside and after shooting a couple rolls, the foam padding near the film reels started popping off, but it still seems to be functioning. I'll need to give it a good cleaning once I finish with the roll inside. Although I've found proof online of people taking Holgas to Burning Man in the past, I only spotted a couple of film cameras myself this year including a woman with a 35mm camera from Japan and a guy with what looked like a TLR medium format of some sort.

This is the first of a few rolls I was able to develop yesterday!

Click for larger versions!!!!

Temple of Whollyness

miscellaneous art on the playa....