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I feel like I’ve just returned from another planet. I’m still processing Burning Man — both emotionally and literally, thanks to the 1,500+ images I’ve been sorting through. Yesterday, as I spent the entire day flying from California back to New York, I could barely type fast enough to keep up with the memories and ideas that were pouring out of me. I have no idea how I’m going to compose my pages upon pages of fragmented thoughts about my week in the middle of the desert into cohesive posts, but I’ll worry about that tomorrow. Today, I have several hundred emails to catch up on and several million particles of dust to extract from my belongings.

I didn’t even bother trying to narrow down Photo of the Week to less than ten candidates. What can I say? It’s not too often you get to travel to an entirely different world.

Photo A
Burning Man 2013Finally in Black Rock City after two days of travel from New York

Photo B

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Art on the Playa

Photo C
Burning Man 2013Hiding out from a dust storm

Photo D
Burning Man 2013Regaining visibility after a white out

Photo E
Burning Man 2013My favorite note in the emotion-filled Temple

Photo F
Burning Man 2013Exploring more art on a night out

Photo G

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Watching the sun set from The Man

Photo H
Burning Man 2013My camp’s Mutant Vehicle in front of The Man

Photo I

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Scenes from the Playa at night

Photo J
Burning Man 2013Watching The Man burn

Which photo is your favorite?

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  • Aunt Linda
    September 4 2013

    C, It’s haunting. I still have no idea what Burning Man is.

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Click the link in the first sentence, though I admit that nothing can really explain it until you are there 🙂

  • I can’t wait to see your posts, I’m so excited! I’m not picking a favorite pic, they are all amazing!
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Hopefully I will get them up soon, though as I said I still have a lot to process and absorb first!

  • Katherine
    September 4 2013

    Yay I’ve been waiting to hear from you about Burning Man all week! Know that you will be writing another blog post about it, but these photos are quenching my thirst! My favorites are Photo D & F!, especially Photo D, it looks like it comes from a sci-fi movie!!!

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Thanks Kat! There will be TONS of Burning Man posts coming up, fear not 🙂

  • Ben
    September 4 2013

    Brilliant photos! Burning Man is a bit of an enigma to me. Everything I’ve seen just looks surreal. Photo D is definitely my favourite, the figure rising from the dust is a powerful image.
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Believe me, I’ve just returned and yet in many ways it is still an enigma to me as well 🙂 There is simply nothing like it!

  • Kristen Noelle
    September 4 2013

    I cannot wait to read about this, I am dying with curiosity! Another tough choice this week, but I’ll go with F for it’s pretty cool kaleidascope look.

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      That was one of my favorite art pieces of the week… it felt like I was stepping into a weird piece of graphic design!

  • Must for Wanderlust
    September 4 2013

    Wow, incredible photos… LOVE C, though it’s incredibly hard to choose! Can’t wait to hear more about Burning Man. x
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I love C too! Something about all the goggles and face masks made everyone feel like an alien.

  • Naomi
    September 4 2013

    Incredible photos, looking forward to the Burning man posts!
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Thank you Naomi! I’m looking forward to sharing… once I get around to finding a way to say everything I want to say!

  • Heather
    September 4 2013

    Burning Man sounds so…otherworldly. I’m looking forward to learning more about it so I can decide if I want to go or not! Oh, and I like the ‘hiding out from a dust storm’ photo best.
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I’m definitely throwing up some practical posts about things like costs in there with the more poetic ones, so hopefully that should help you! And that’s one of my faves as well 🙂

  • Shaun
    September 4 2013

    All of the above!!! I’m so damn jealous right meow! BM is huge on my list to do! Too many questions. I do, however love those moments of shock. You keep asking yourself….did that really happen? Get the post up ASAP! (Pls) 🙂
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Yup, it’s always been on my bucket list too. But I don’t think I crossed it off… I just want to go back now!

  • Jade
    September 4 2013

    Photo D! So spooky!
    Echoing everyone else, I can’t wait to hear all about it!
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      That seems to be a reader favorite this week 🙂 Thanks Jade!

  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    September 4 2013

    I love Photo J. All of the photos are gorgeous though!
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I love that photo because I think I can still feel the heat from that fire when I look at it! Thanks Ashley!

  • Wow they’re all amazing!! Can’t wait to read all your thoughts on this, I know nothing about Burning Man!
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I think my biggest challenge will be answering the question “What IS Burning Man!?” It’s not a simple answer!

  • Hannah
    September 4 2013

    Wow, these are all incredible Alex!!! I love them all, but am going to narrow it down to D and F. I can’t wait to read your posts about your time there 🙂

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Eeek! So much to express through words…. it will be a fun challenge 🙂

  • Breanna
    September 4 2013

    Photo A, B or D. Love them all can’t wait to learn about this burning man festival thing!

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I’m excited to be the first one to bring this experience to so many readers! Sounds like I have a lot of explaining to do! 🙂

  • memographer
    September 4 2013

    Photo D.
    All photos are great. Can’t wait to see more pics from the middle of the desert.
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Looks like that’s the winner this time 🙂

  • Dad
    September 4 2013

    J…it represents what I expect Burning Man to be.

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I can’t wait to show you the rest of the photos this weekend!

  • Sarah Somewhere
    September 4 2013

    Wow. Cannot wait for your coverage of this event. Photo F is phenomenal!!!!

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Thank you Sarah! Me neither, eeek!

  • Wes
    September 4 2013

    Wes here, long time listener, occasional caller.

    Sweet jimminy gee. Picture D is so good as to be *important*.

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I miss you Wes. Call again 🙂

  • Stef
    September 5 2013

    My absolute favorite is D!!!
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I love Photo of the Week because it’s always so fun to see ya’lls favorites! This one definitely wins the week 🙂

  • Stephanie
    September 5 2013

    all of the are so amazing, would love to go someday! but D is my favorite!

    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      I hope you make someday too (and I hope I’m back as well!)

  • Melanie Fontaine
    September 5 2013

    Wow, all of these photographs are absolutely amazing! Some of the best that I have seen here in a while and I mean that in the best way possible, I always love your photography! 🙂 It doesn’t just look like another world – it looks like another planet! My favorite Photo is Photo D: Otherworldly!
    One stupid question, though: What is Burning Man? I’ve never heard of it before. 🙂

    xx
    Melanie
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    • Alex
      September 5 2013

      Thank you so much Melanie! I will do more posts on Burning Man but for a quick primer, click the Burning Man link in my first paragraph. It should answer some questions!

  • steve mckee
    September 5 2013

    D D D D D is perhaps the most striking photo you have ever taken
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    • Alex
      September 7 2013

      Thank you! That is a real compliment.

  • TammyOnTheMove
    September 5 2013

    This looks soo surreal, but I love it. Photo i is definitely my favourite.
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    • Alex
      September 7 2013

      Glad to see a vote for that one! I loved that octopus car.

  • Lou Taylor
    September 7 2013

    D – quite incredible. x

    • Alex
      September 7 2013

      Thank you, thank you Lou!

  • Kristin Addis
    September 7 2013

    This was my second year and I’m convinced it is now going to become a permanent fixture in my life.

    Can you believe I didn’t take ANY photos all week? I just needed to be free. I couldn’t bring myself to! You got some amazing shots!
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    • Alex
      September 11 2013

      I’m always so amazed by people who can go camera-less! I can’t imagine it 🙂 However I have been feeling a lot of pressure lately to take ideo everywhere I go and I have a huge editing backlog and it adds a lot of stress. So before I left for Burning Man I said, no video — and it felt great.

  • Angie Away
    September 9 2013

    More pics! I’m finally starting to understand what this whole thing is about…
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    • Alex
      September 11 2013

      I think there needs to be an Orth camp out there one year 🙂

  • Sasha
    September 10 2013

    All of them! They are all tremendous

    • Alex
      September 11 2013

      Thanks Sasha 🙂 This is one of my favorite sets in a while!

  • Ayngelina
    September 11 2013

    Great shots!

    • Alex
      September 11 2013

      Thanks Ayngelina! It’s such a challenging environment I Was thrilled hen any of my photos turned out half decent!

  • jessie
    September 11 2013

    man!!!! I haven’t seen your posts in a while as I’ve been on the road but so excited when I saw this one! Can’t believe you were at burning man! couldn’t make it this year myself, but next year!! Awesome photos, glad you had an amazing time !! its another wooorld! 🙂 peace and love!
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    • Alex
      September 11 2013

      I really hope I get to go again and again. Truly another planet. Thanks Jessie!

  • Steven
    September 12 2013

    Wow, so many comments! Glad to see you made it! Having been to “the Playa” a few times myself (last time was 2007), I can say it is a unique experience, but it’s not for everybody. My friend made a film about it which is available on Netflix: Burning Man, Beyond Black Rock. Check it out. Hope you had a good Burn!
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    • Alex
      September 13 2013

      I definitely agree this is not for everyone. Several of my friends told me they’d rather spend the week in a federal penitentiary than out on the Playa!

  • M Yanto
    February 24 2015

    Photo D its just like in Mars Planet
    hahaha … is that a desert ?
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    • Alex
      February 25 2015

      It is indeed! The Black Rock City desert!

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