Michael Holden: Photographer

The Big Empty Playa, 2015

I went to the Black Rock Desert in mid-July to see what the open playa looked like when it was empty. And I mean really empty. The Golden Spike had not yet been placed. Mid week, there were no people camping as far as I could see. No vehicles. Just....space. Blank canvas. Waiting. I shot this at roughly to the left of the road between the Gate and the Greeters. What struck me was that 15 years of going to Burning Man had not conveyed how utterly huge the playa is, and how, even in our most massive awesomeness, we are just a blip on the face of this incomprehensibly huge landscape.