|| Branches Mobile Gallery at Lucidity || {VIDEO}

It wouldn't be the same Lucidity we know and love without the wonderful crew who puts Branches Mobile Gallery together, the artists who fill in space with their creations and crafts, the musicians and DJ's who produce waves of sound vibrations to get us in motion, and to Melissa Redwood Sprout CommuniTea - for filling us up with the good stuff and looking like a tea boss all day - every day!

"Branches Mobile Gallery is a traveling fine art gallery as well as a stage & shade structure design company. By creating a warm, well-lit, site responsive earthen Gallery environment Branches Mobile Gallery brings artists and event participants together. Utilizing bamboo, branches, lighting and fabrics we showcase the best multi-genre contemporary art being created today."

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|| Burning Man 2016 ||

DISCLOSURE || CONFESSION :

This is not going to be a blog post about how Burning Man changed my life in the most uplifting spiritual way. Simply because if you know someone who went, you most likely have already heard about the magic that surrounds the Desert in Black Rock City. It's there, and you will have to find it on your own. This is from my experience alone.

The place where all festival goers have told me (many of times) to go. A place that would changed me once I arrived. Burning Man. I finally have popped my cherry to one of the most world famous festivals on this planet. This was an exciting thing to check off of the bucket list.

These last few years as a festival photographer I have found it to be rewarding to capture the builds and hard work of a beautiful event going up in its glory. With the builders who work together with the ability to intertwine a creative passion into art piece. With the different aspects to soon to be appreciated by many who come to get away, who come to be themselves and to enjoy the art that has been build up around them. Its a sight to see and a gratuitous action to witness.

A literal city was being built in front of me, which was mind blowing. Then I realized for a week this was not going to stop. As soon as something went up one day, it felt like it was being burned down the next. The FEAR OF MISSING OUT haunted me, knowing that things were constantly being changed, and I wasn't going to be able to see and capture everything in its glory.

At Burning Man, my mind at times felt like its was on a long roller coaster ride, where one cannot just get off when ever it wanted. It kept running and running and running. Although, then a realization comes through, this is BURNING MAN> a place where radical self reliance is a huge thing. Taking care of yourself, in the desert, is a huge thing!

Everyone had a piece of them to share. If that meant by gifting homemade pieces in costume form, or to be a part of a team; by building an art installation or helping out with camp set up and tear down. Everyone had something to bring to the table.

Burning man gave me lessons. These lessons are the ones I am still trying to grasp onto. Lessons I will need to keep to myself for awhile, so I can understand them over time. They are right to say experience Burning Man. It's something that cannot be totally explained, but better off expressed.

Raised By Wolves

The Temple

A space that allows many emotions to overlap in many different ways. Some of those who were in grievance of a loved one, could also hear the joy of two lives being brought together right outside the temple.

EXODUS


|| Lightning In A Bottle ||

Lightning in a bottle is on it's 16th year running. It began as a private event back in 2000 starting out as a birthday party, but in 2004 the event producers {who are now known as the Do LaB} started to host more and more festival attendees. It is unclear to how many festival goers attend LIB, but I have heard that it ranges from 25,000 - 31,000 at the sold out capacity.

The Grand Artique

Hands down, The Grand Artique had to have been my all time favorite place to be. There were many nooks and cranny's all around the old frontierville. There is a time for EDM, which had been playing at most stages, and then there is a time for live music, which was what the Grand Artique was about. A general store, {also know as the trading post} was present for anyone who wanted to do some bartering, you could partake in the fun by playing some carnival styled games, or kick back on the front porch, where you could watch either stage from that view point. I was kickin' it HARD. I had stayed up through the night on Sunday, into Monday morning, and my last moments at the festival had been at the Grand Artique, drinking whiskey and playing cards with new friends. I was seriously sad to leave this place!

This place has my <3

The Do Over

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Have you ever had to harass a drag queen in a sensual and seductive way? How about with a carrot? Well... it sure is something to see. After 5 contestants gave it a go, 2 were chosen to spin the wheel for a DO OVER. Whatever you landed on {Bowie, Punk Raw, Festie Glam, even a mystery choice} you got a make over on the spot. Strut your stuff down the cat walk and you were now even more ready for LIB!

Pumpkin Tribute

The Woogie was the place to be during the tribute to Nick. He was all about the Woogie, and everyone was all about him. It was great energy and lots of love being spread across the dance floor.

Harmonic Lights

So, there is this genius out there who really knows how to work a camera, a crowd and a very creative light wand. He goes by Harmonic Lights, and let me tell you what, these shots are 100 % unedited and will in fact blow your mind.

The Gong Sanctuary

This year I was able to do some hands on sound bath work. For 4 hours each day I was able to help with sound therapy to all the people who came in the space to enjoy and relax. After I did my first sound bath at Lucidity, I was hooked. I was asked to help out in the space this year and I felt honored and rewarded to be able to do so.