Year nine, and our summers refuse to get simpler! Another journey to Black Rock
from London with all the complicated logistics that entails. And 2007 was quite
a year. Endless exhausting day-long dust storms, arson and rebirth on
the playa. But also some of the biggest and baddest playa
installations, plus the best art I’ve ever seen in the desert: a glorious double rainbow.
I also had the massive fortune to be part of the art documentation team this
year, and was able to photograph some of the hardworking crews at work, feverishly
making stuff happen behind the scenes. Thanks to Lady Bee and Maid Marion.
Once again, major thanks to our friends and family in Vancouver and Seattle. In particular
Ivan Cockrum (who put our carbon footprint to shame by cycling to Black Rock from
Seattle), Julie Atwood and Matthew Wilson, Joseph Pasquarella Smith and Nigel Day,
and my parents. And most of all Jennifer, my tireless one-person support crew!
Finally, you may want to take a look at
Burning Book by
Jessica Bruder, probably the best and most accessible history of the event
yet written. I'm lucky enough to have some of
my photos included in the work. Check it out!
Note that the thumbnails below take you to the first shot in each group,
not necessarily to the image depicted.