What happens when a virgin Burner goes to Burning Man to have an adventure his late wife encouraged him to have?
At his first event, he discovered people ranged from infants to octogenarians, professions from handymen to executives, straights to gender benders, geeks and mechanics, people of all races and heritages, wild outfits and ordinary attire, and a wide range of artists.
Riding his bike out to a dot on the horizon, he found David Best’s towering Temple of Forgiveness. Adorning the filigreed walls were testaments to lost loved ones, pictures, scrawls of loss, pain, remembrance and celebration of lives lived. As it burned before a hushed crowd of 20,000, the idea for Burners ignited his mind.
Nine years and 50,000 images later, Burners, was born.
Burners is atypical of books documenting the Burning Man. King’s portraits reveal the diversity of its participants—and much more.
Through the conduit of the camera lens and the connections he made, King’s images often take the viewer behind the masks of the “default world”—and Burning Man. The portraits reveal emotions ranging from innocence and play, through anger, confidence and uncertainty, to sorrow and serenity. He and his collaborators saw one another and created images that unveiled facets of their humanity.
Nicholas King has had a lifelong passion for making photographs that connect people to people and the landscape—despite his many “day jobs” ranging from teaching and human relations to entrepreneurship and manufacturing. Burners brings a lifetime of those acquired skills together in one book.