Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery
late day view looking toward the northeast of the Man and his shadow. On axis with the Man and
visible to the far left are the 3D Maze and the Mausoleum (Canon 24-mm, August 2001).
This page contains images of the effigy's immediate neighbors on the 6 o'clock to 12 o'clock axis. Just beyond the effigy lies the 3D maze. The makers of this exhibit provide the following description:
"The Maze will be a place of genuine puzzlement. You may find it necessary to retrace your path from time to time, or carefully measure your footsteps as you progress through its corridors. At every turning you will confront a set of new and perplexing choices."
The 3D Maze shown in midday light. (Canon 24-mm, August 2001).
I confess that I did not make it into the maze much less through it. Those I talked that did described it as a fun, full-scale puzzle filled with paths and artwork. The character of the place is revealed by the overhead images and now I regret the missed opportunity go wander through - perhaps next year.
Beyond the 3D Maze lies the
Mausoleum also known as the Temple of Memories.
view of the Mausoleum looking toward 6 o'clock (Canon 24-mm, August 2001).
According to the Burning Man WWW site "The mausoleum will be a place where participants can commemorate, remember, venerate, bid farewell, excoriate, exorcise, celebrate, and above all, honor those whose loss has moved them. Parents, friends, loved ones, ancestors, the unborn, those who chose to exit this plane by their hand…in short anyone who has had a loss and that means everyone, is welcome to pause and meditate on the meaning of pain and loss. We will provide small wooden blocks for participants to add the names of their honored and revered and/or despised and reviled lost. All will be housed in a magnificent wooden filigree temple and ziggurat."
I did not have much of a chance to take ground
level context shots during the trip. I guess I can to terms with exposing my
Canon Rebel to the fine playa dust but I was uneasy even unpacking my new Canon
G1 digital camera. Happily Neil K., citizen of Vancouver and occasional KAPer,
took quite a few ground-level shots and they are splendid. Visit
his site to check out his wide-angle, nighttime, and infrared shots of the
Mausoleum. His WWW site also includes a
shot of me and another of my trusty Sutton 30.
of this year's favorite installations was the Mausoleum (aka Chapel of
Memories) here photographed from roof height. The left view looks northward with
the empty playa beyond while the right includes Black Rock City in the distance.
The bottom pair of images provide closer midday views taken with the camera
immediately above the roof. (Canon 24-mm, August 2001).
One particularly pleasant aspect of the Mausoleum was its lacey, perforated skin. This was achieved through the ingenious recycling of the leftovers from plywood sheets that were die cut to produce the wooden parts for assemble-it-yourself dinosaur kits. Kudos to the designer and the crew for creating a structure with a fine sense of place.
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