Photos from the week-long utopian art festival known as Burning Man are starting to emerge, giving us regulars a glimpse of radical burner life. So far no photo has quite captured our attention like this one of a burning spaceship, uploaded to Flickr by an artist named Julia.
This year at the playa 61,000 participants gathered to watch the ritual torching of The Man, perched atop a spaceship designed by Lewis Zaumeyer.
The spacecraft was built particularly for this year's theme, "Cargo Cult," based on a myth that recounts how the Melanesians worshipped a mysterious deity during World War II, eventually constructing a "totemic sky-craft" to summon back their otherworldly icon.
Both the towering Man and his 21st century, space-savvy mode of transportation went up in flames this week, creating explosive visuals that put even our imaginations to shame.
"Earlier in the day, I got the, 'You should put your camera down and just enjoy things' platitude I hear so often repeated," Julia recalled on Flickr. "I said that I am creating art, and he said that someday when I'm his age, I'll 'understand that you can't live life through a lens'… Yeah, so, fuck that guy." We have to admit we're pleased that Julia snapped this epic shot.
Stay tuned for more Burning Man photos!