Michael Holden's pictures from Nevada's Burning Man event documents the festivals fiery side. The event assembles artists from around the world, inviting them to showcase their wooden exhibits. The week-long performance culminates with the incineration of the structures, leaving behind little if any trace of the activity.
The Seattle-based photographer has captured the beauty and the horror that are both present at the Burning Man gathering. The towering frameworks often take a great deal of time to ignite and crumble to ash, and his images offer an assortment of before and after images.
The blazing displays are so impressive that crowds of over 50,000 are now known to partake in the cultural affair, a number that was once unthinkable to the founders of the Burning Man.
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