Michele Monahan sits in the Mobility Camp trailer to participate in one of their playa art accessibility tours. She fractured her wrist a few days prior to attending Burning Man, leaving her without the ability to ride a bike, which is considered an essential means of transportation for able bodied Burners.
The Mobility Camp sign is colorful and easy to spot when walking through the center of the city. By putting Mobility Camp at the very center, people that become injured or lose their way can come to Mobility Camp for assistance and resources.
Marilyn Cole shows Henry, her grandson, the Center Camp Plaza, a popular meeting spot and intellectual gathering point of Burning Man dedicated to lectures, performances, and most famously, the coffee shop. The only items a Burner can purchase throughout the week are bags of ice and coffee.
Morgan Douglas celebrates her birthday with Mobility Campers on the night of the camp’s annual potluck dinner and talent show.
The view of Black Rock City from an airplane. Black Rock City is separated into grids and resembles a horse shoe, but relies on a half clock structure with concentric and radial streets.
Alan Cole and his grandson, Henry, spend some time in their supply tent reading and keeping cool. Temperatures in Black Rock City often rise to over 100 degrees with several white out dust storms a week.
Morgan Douglas helps Dani Moore apply her blood sugar patch before a full day of work. Dani is diabetic and must monitor her blood sugar and insulin levels throughout the day.
Morgan Douglas and Joel Howard take a leisurely stroll through the open playa as a whiteout dust storm approaches. The wind conditions are very unpredictable at Burning Man and one has to always carry a mask with them in case the dust picks up.
Dani Moore pauses for a moment of reflection on the playa with her boyfriend and Burning Man Ranger Erich Laskowski. They do not get to spend a ton of time together at Burning Man since Dani is occupied with camp operations and Erich volunteers full time for Burning Man to service the safety and well being of the community.
Matt Perkins, a lead member of Mobility Camp, assists a Burner with crutches that she needs for her injured friend. Mobility Camp’s inventory dwindles towards the end of the week, but has a plethora of wheelchairs and crutches for those that have unexpected and unforeseen injuries.
Emily Jacobs poses for a portrait in her car, which she uses for her shelter for the week. It was her third year going to Burning Man and she continues to camp with Mobility Camp because of the friends she has made there.
Dani Moore, Marilyn Cole, and Joel Howard join the Burning Man Lamplighters in their sunset ceremony of lamp lighting. The Lamplighters light Center Camp and the pathway leading up to the Man every morning and every evening, a tradition that is highly respected by Burners and also brings hundreds of volunteer participants every year. It is a symbolic gesture that has been an integral part of Burning Man since 1993.
The view of the city from a glass tower. Burning Man stretches 10 square miles and brings together 80,000 attendees, many of which join themed camps that require leadership roles, volunteer shifts, and months of logistical planning.
Rita Volkland and Marilyn Cole having a laugh in camp before Rita heads out on a bike ride.
The view of the playa from the Gibson tractor used to give accessibility tours 4 times daily. Steve and Simon are two of many Mobility Campers that take on volunteer shifts to drive the vehicle for tours.
Saturday night is the night the Man burns, considered the biggest spectacle of the entire week. The man is a different size and structure every year, so it is always unclear how long the Man will take to burn. Art cars and the majority of the Burning Man population come out to witness the fireworks and explosion that gives Burning Man its iconic name. The next day, Sunday, is when the Temple burns, a cathartic and reflective event in comparison to the Man.