Archive for Sep 2015

The date was September 5th, 2015 – the day they burn the Man at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. I was having the time of my life photographing the fun and mayhem of the Distrikt camp day party at Burning Man. I misread the faces of a few of my friends,who to me at the time, looked like they just woke up from a long nap with puffy, red eyes. I had no idea that I would soon learn of the tragic news that was the true cause of those puffy, red eyes. The news was spreading among Mike’s friends who had been expecting him to show up at Burning Man this year. The terrible news was spreading that sweet Mike had chosen to leave this world and that we’d never see him again.

It has been very difficult for many to come to terms with Mike’s departure. He was so adored by so many and will be greatly missed.

On September 13, a large number of Mike’s friends and family gathered at Ocean Beach in San Francisco to remember him and to honor him. I was there. I captured a few images that give a sense of just how much Mike meant to all of us.

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This year, Burning Man was all about the dancing and socializing for me icon smile My Burning Man 2015 Highlights Not a lot of sculpture and landscapes to share this year. Just lots of smiling, happy people!