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Into the Dust: A Burning Man 2008 Photo Essay

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A couple of weeks ago 50,000 people descended into the desert to watch a wooden man burn. Each one was there with a purpose, whether they were there to heal, let go, forgive, or to be simply reborn. There were no acts advertised, there were no goods or services sold (other than coffee and ice), and the weather promised to be hot and dusty during the day, and cold and unforgiving at night. For it's 22nd year, the Burning Man Arts and Music Festival created a temporary city in the middle of nowhere, and people from all over the world continued to come.

Despite being marred by day-long dust storms at the beginning and end of the week, Burning Man continued to challenge it's participants by introducing one if it's more uninspired themes, The American Dream. It was obvious that artists had trouble with the theme, as the art was noticeably sub-par in comparison to the eye candy that was created in previous years. Instead, music took center stage at the event, as arguably the best DJ lineup was assembled on the Black Rock Desert. Carl Cox, Bassnectar, DJ Dan, Adam Freeland, Marques Wyatt, Scumfrog, Joachim Gerraud, Christopher Lawrence, Rabbit in the Moon, and Josh Gabriel (Gabriel & Dresden) all descended to the desert to rock the masses.