Real artists find magic everywhere, but there are places that offer an abundance of magic to those able to experience it.
French colorblind photographer Victor Habchy is certainly not the kind of young man to wait for magic to come to him, hence he keeps traveling in order to capture the beauty of humanity. Equipped with his Sony Alpha camera, he puts down his luggage in random places in the world, following his artists instinct. Fascinated by the legendary festival of the Burning Man, the Paris-based photographer crowfunded his travel to Arizona to bring us back memories captured in time, of this eerie and fascinating gathering.
Each year, for a single week, thousands of free-minded people and curious persons from all over the planet build from scratch an entire town in the Black Rock desert, a white land burnt by sun and softened by sand. They create gigantic wood installations, whimsical sculptures, wear costumes and accessories borrowed from circus, childhood and dreams or just express their philosophy with nudity and free love. At the end of the week, their creations are symbolically burned. A bizarre experience of spirituality, love and art that fails to be captured by words, as if you’d like to “capture sunshine in a bottle” (as the fans of the festival are describing it).
Victor Habchy joined the hippy-like community this year, sleeping under a tent, without electricity or water and experiencing the harsh weather conditions. But the result of his stay is a breathtaking series of photographs that seem out of this world, and perfectly capture the magic soul of the festival. If you have ever dreamt of experiencing the mood of the Burning Man, here is your chance…