The clouds gathered, the rain fell (and fell, and fell and fell some more) and the Temple and Effigy burned; quite some time ago! As I write this, it’s wild to think that KB23 was two months past.
But luckily, thanks to the marvels of modern technology, we can relive Kiwiburn. Using a high resolution camera, and rigorously following the KB photography commandments (“Ye shall not photograph nipples without first politely asking those nipples” and so on) our very own KB photographers John, Ignacio and Tim snapped some gorgeous snaps and shot some mystical shots of our favourite place on Earth.
Take a gander at this here cheeky link and you’ll be able to TIME TRAVEL back to the Paddock of yesteryear.
The heavens opened and dampened the Earth. But, (cue Galadriel voice) the power of the vibes could not be undone. It was still a soggy good time for all involved!
Despite being wetter than the towels aboard The Titanic, the Effigy burnt gloriously! Behold this epic picture of the fiery gaping maw, shortly before it collapsed in a shower of ash and sparks.
And who could forget the unrelenting furnace of the Temple? A testament to its construction, was the success of its destruction.
I have a theory that the sheer volume of VIVID ink scrawled along the walls probably acted as a propellant, but what do I know? My job is to bring you the news, not facts and such.
Swing Fling’s Art car, which I only knew by the name we assigned it, “Flower Power”, is resplendent in all its petalled glory.
The next series of pictures are from Ignacio. They’re mostly of the evening times, where the world becomes neon and the creatures of the night abound. The patience and skill needed to capture such beautifully detailed pictures in the dark is a real credit to Ignacio’s mahi. Thanks for these!
The Creature Lab was lookin’ fab, and there are loads of great little details of lights and art that show yet again just how much time and passion goes into transforming the Paddock each year.
As a first-time baby-burner, I’d never seen the three giant faces before. They were a treat each and every time I passed by them. They look amazing here in this picture.
There’s also a beautiful picture of the Effigy in full-burn. Surrounded by thousands of burners, all anonymously gathered around our ritual release; it’s a perfect picture of our collectiveness. Possibly my favourite picture in here.
Tim’s photos are an eclectic mix of day and night. The closeups of specific camps and the street signs bring the smell of fresh mulch right back to me. These pictures are great because they captured so many small snips of the Burn that make up the whole.
If you have your own photos to share, we’d love to have ‘em! Send your (appropriately vetted) pics to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are so grateful to our photographers, big ups to you all!
A truly epic display of shutter-buggery this year. Get amongst it!
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