Freestyle: Burning Man in pictures

Sep. 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Man went up in flames on Saturday, Aug. 31, accompanied by an extravagant set of fireworks. I didn’t get too close to the actual burn, because the wind, heat and dust were intense, but you couldn’t miss it. (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski)

BY ELIZABETH KIESZKOWSKI / ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com

The Man burned tonight, accompanied by a wild fireworks show, gusty winds and far-flung clouds of dust. This year, I feel a certain sense of relief — because I’m wiped out.

Burning Man is wonderful, but it’s also tough because you’re usually either dehydrated from the desert conditions, sore from biking and jumping on things, or sleep-deprived from trying to do it all. I need some sleep!

As I thought about my blog for today, I figured what people really want to know is, “What’s Burning Man like?” I’ve tried my best to describe the overall vibe, but tonight I’m going to share a group of photos I took after roaming camp in the afternoon. Hope you enjoy them!

A Burner portrait; many young Burning Man participants have this look of wide-eyed optimism.

Burner portrait: Many young Burning Man participants have this look of wide-eyed optimism.  (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

“What Can You Change?” This art piece on the playa is one of my favorites for 2013.

'What Can You Change?' This art piece in the playa is one of my favorites for 2013. (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

My fave performance of Burning Man was by these two men, who bought ice then presented counter workers with a hilarious, charming song-and-dance to the tune of “Ice, Ice Baby.”

My fave performance of the Burning Man event: These two men bought ice, then presented the counter workers with a hilarious, charming song-and-dance to the tune of 'Ice, Ice Baby.' (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

“Hollywoodland.” It’s an installation AND a hangout.

Hollywoodland: It's an installation AND a hangout. (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

An interesting art car. What is it?

An interesting art car: What is it? (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

Love the Australians; so generous! I came across a group serving apple pancakes on Saturday morning. They were funny and sweet, and the pancakes were great.

Love the Australians - so generous! I came across a group serving apple pancakes on Saturday morning. They were funny and sweet, and the pancakes were great. (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

As the sun set on the playa Saturday evening, people began to gather to witness the burning of The Man.

As the sun set on the playa Saturday evening, people began to gather to witness the burning of The Man. ... (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

And check out the art!

... And check out the art. (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

Tiki Bar, what? Yes, these guys were making free drinks for all comers — as long as they had ID! — out on the playa as we waited for The Man to burn.

Tiki Bar - what? Yes, these guys were making free drinks for all comers (as long as they had i.d.!) out on the playa, as they waited for The Man to burn. (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

One last look at The Man for 2013; the structure burned on Saturday night. Here a Burning Man Ranger explains the safety perimeter as Burners begin to fill in around the sculpture.

Taking one last look at The Man: The structure burned on Saturday night. Here a Burning Man Ranger explains the safety perimeter as Burners begin to fill in around the sculpture. (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

The Burn. As far as I know, Daft Punk did not pummel Burning Man, but rumors about them circulated widely, inspiring the prank poster on this art car.

At The Burn: As far as I know, Daft Punk did not pummel Burning Man, but rumors about them circulated widely, inspiring the prank poster on this art car. (Star-Advertiser photo by Elizabeth Kieszkowski.)

I’ll leave you with a last shot of The Man flaming out. It’s beautiful and inspiring to be in the presence of such dramatic action. Also, check out the dust on my camera lens!


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Elizabeth Kieszkowski is editor of TGIF, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s weekly arts and entertainment section. Reach her via email at ekieszkowski@staradvertiser.com or follow her on Twitter.

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