On Faces

With our media pass this year at Burning Man, we wanted to photograph and film as much as possible. As it turns out, filming didn't happen at all, since we were so inspired by just the thought of carrying around the Sony A7R to take high-res photos of cinematic memories on the Playa.

We are currently still working on hundreds of photos we took at the event (pre-event as well), but one of the things we did was take a series of portraits of our campmates at Burning Man. Our theme camp this year was called FAFA (Fucking Awesome French Americans), and it quickly became a family of friends.

True genuine souls, there for each other, representing everything that Burning Man signifies. After nine years of attending this week-long life experience, I couldn't be happier to have been welcomed so warmly to this tribe, and as a result these portraits are just a small testament of their incredible generosity and humanity.

I would randomly ask people throughout the week to think, visualize, and relive their favorite moment so far at Burning Man. And as they took a deep breath, they would open their eyes and look straight at the camera. I would only take one single photograph. That would be it.

I feel these portraits were so successful in capturing that emotion, and it's already giving me many ideas of what to do next year to take it a step further and venture into video portraits instead.