Hot air balloons lift above the crowd in this time honored tradition. Drawing thousands of enthusiasts to Albuquerque annually since 1972. Photo © Jeremy Wade Shockley for BurnDiary

We have lost our original account for our BurnDiary Instagram account. The email associated with our account was accidentally changed by one of our users. Changed to something nobody knows.

So we are starting over. Appropriately I think we have re-started with Anton Kusters who helped Burn get rolling in the first place.
Unfortunately we lost all of our “followers”. However, I think in a few weeks we should be back where we were when we lost the account.
We sort of care about the followers being lost, yet on the other hand our primary goal for our BurnDiary is to over the next few months create enough content to produce our next Burn03 just from the work of the photographers on Burn Diary.
Anyone following BurnDiary will be seeing a book made in real time and being built by this audience. We will use some iconic photographers, yet most of the work for BurnDiary will be from lesser known emerging photographers. My usual formula for publishing work here on Burn.
While Instagram does not replace anything else in the world of photography, it has certainly changed the landscape of our craft more than anything I have seen in my career.
Photography is now a common language. Actually the world’s ONLY common language. Think about it.
Some lament this development. Some applaud it. I love it. Just fun for one thing.
Does not take away from anything else you may want to be doing with your work.
Let us know if you aspire to be the week long essayist for BurnDiary. We are choosing carefully, yet absolutely everyone has a shot at it.
Even if you go back right now and simply look at our archive of about two months of BurnDiary, you may be able to see how we might think we could get a book after several months of dedicated shooting. We will see.

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  • Welcome back BurnDiary! I love Instagram, I think it’s amazing. Personally I believe my photography has improved no end since I joined, it makes me work harder photographically. Then there’s the fun part of following other people and the fascinating part for me at least of seeing how they see and work.

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    ok,we are UP and ROLLING,BURNING…

    BURN DIARY is back again and I,Civilian is calling out BURNIANS in the Dialogue aisle …
    oh,well…be ready …

    be humble,be brave,be free…even the sky is not the limit…for those who have vision

  • Add me in as a recent Instagrammer who is having almost too much fun with it. I returned from my last real work shoot over two weeks ago and have not even picked up my “real cameras” since. Of course, I was shooting under physically hard conditions and damaged every piece of professional equipment I took into the field, but even if I hadn’t I am pretty sure I would not have touched those cameras until I truly need to again.

    Jeremy, on the other hand, jumped on Instagram early. I see him almost as a pioneer. I follow him every day, anyway, and he is one of my big inspirations.

    Good start.

  • @ JEREMY: Nice picture! burn the air, looking up, looking to the stars! P.

  • A small point of clarification: Mathematics is considered the common universal language of the world, although it is not “common” in the sense that it’s easily accessible to all, the way photography is.

    Besides, I don’t want to visit a website on a daily basis devoted to emerging mathematicians…not that I have anything against those who do. :)


    yes i think for sure photography is now the ONLY “common” language…understood by all, used by all, everyday, all the time….

    cheers, david

  • Sorry if I missed this, but will the previous essays find their way back to this site? Seems a shame to not see all in one place. Curious.

  • About “common language”….


    “Who knows, this fanatical documentation and hyperconnection could lead to a profound shift in our way of being. Perhaps we are witnessing the development of a universal visual language, one that could change the way we relate to each other and the world. Of course, as with any language, there will be those who produce poetry and those who compile shopping lists.”

  • Speaking of common language, I just learned that one of the most popular sites on the web, icanhascheeseburger, has stolen one of my cat images. What does one do in such a situation?

  • Frostfrog: Thank you for the kind words you posted above…

    as for your second question ~ file copyrights and Lawyer up!

  • Civi, Patricio: Yes!….and Thank you!!

    Mike K. and DAH: Agreed, it would be wonderful to merge the archive somehow into one BURNdiary. Never-the-less as David stated, the ultimate goal of publishing this work in print is a fine one regardless of it’s digital/online counterpart!Common language indeed!

  • Another NatGeo photographer likes the IPhone:


    Richardson’s takeaway: “Nothing visually profound is being produced here, I would have to say. But it feels good…”

    Sums it up quite well, imo, though I wouldn’t say “nothing.” Michael Christopher Brown has certainly produced some visually profound work with the IPhone. His case is sad though, in that it seems his photographs have gotten attention much more because of the camera he used than for the subject matter. Carnage in the Congo? So what. Guy takes pictures of carnage in the Congo with shiny phone? Wow! It’s so much fun!

    And it’s funny how just about how just about every one of the thousands of articles written about IPhone photography say that the camera doesn’t matter, that it’s just about the photographs. Yet each and every one of them is explicitly about the camera. I mean, sure, it’s a nice little point and shoot and it may be the best option in certain situations where stealth is required, but I don’t see that it merits these ridiculous levels of obsession.

    Seems that somewhere we got off track and the camera became more important than the photo.

    And at the same time, the purpose of photography became “having fun” much more than producing meaningful photos.


    Yes, all the previous essays are already in Diary page on Burnmagazine. We will also add the previous ones to our new instagram account @burndiary

  • Interesting, I think insightful, take on instagram and photojournalism by Ed Kashi:


    Doesn’t mention or promote any particular camera or the idea of “fun,” but does address the concept of “meaningful.”

  • MW

    i think the “obsession” with the iPhone is because of all the conversation about “common language”…everybody everywhere is using the phone camera “to speak”…either to many, or maybe to only one other person…

    the criticism of using an iPhone as serious way of making pictures has now bounced all the way in the wrong direction as you say….criticism of the camera has turned into perhaps undo adulation of the camera…

    for sure i do think that the phone camera is the biggest photo related tech revolution of our time….why? because the phone is a tool we use for many things and in our pocket all the time….we are glued to our phones…that mini computer available anytime and all the time…makes taking pictures easy…and yes fun…

    and every single camera manufacturer is scrambling like hell to make their cameras like the iPhone…that is , in the ability to send a picture anywhere anytime..built in wifi capability….the point and shoot cameras will have to work really really hard to keep up with the phone tech….Nikon says their point and shoot camera biz is virtually gone because of the phone cameras….why buy a point and shoot if you have your phone with you anyway??

    there are a few spreads in (based on a true story) where some iPhone pictures are opposite pictures taken with the M9…when i see you i will show you…and in some cases you will have a very hard time to tell which is which…i am talking about yes, even the large format magazine version of the book…

    the combo of iPhone and Instagram is the real revolution….just phenomenal, and i seriously predict will take us even further down this road of photography being the “only” common language…

    none of this precludes working in the darkroom or shooting 8×10 film or whatever….it is not a competition….it is an addition, not a subtraction…

    i think the mistake is just all the conversation about it….as if it were a religion or a philosophy or a doctrine or almost now a war or whatever…it is true, as i said above, that the phone camera is more a part of your body than anything else…an extension of a whole lot of other stuff going on with the smart phone..

    i could leave my house with just an iPhone and travel the world and shoot pictures,send pictures to a magazine, publish a book even with only my phone in hand…my boarding pass is on there…i can find a Chinese restaurant in Barrow, i won’t get lost, and i can post here on Burn…so it is pretty damned amazing…

    however, it doesn’t seem to me that any of us should get too worked up about it one way or the other…some will use it, some will not, yet in the long run it is only a tool..

    the only thing i do not like about the iPhone is when i misplace it …or think i have lost it….heart palpitations, cold sweat, headache, chest pain, and nausea soon follow…and i cannot call an ambulance because i cannot find the damned phone!!

    cheers, david

  • “i can find a Chinese restaurant in Barrow.”

    Now that Pepe’s North of the Border has burned down, Chinese – at least Asian – is about the only kind of restaurant you can find in Barrow and there are several. And you don’t need your phone. Once you get off the plane, you just need to start walking, or, if its too cold for you, grab a cab and it will take right to any one of them.

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    ok…we are looking for a Chinese restaurant but I will keep calling out BURNIANS…
    after JIM …I am a calling out

    please,report ASAP to the nearest Dialogue Aisle.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


    i lived in Barrow for several weeks from dark dark cold cold winter right through the whaling…camped out on the edge of the leads….scared to death half the time…..carried an rifle on my shoulder to shoot a polar bear should he/she attack and alone on a snowmobile across miles of ice at night trying to get back to Barrow etc etc etc….

    i “recognize” your work up there….and really sorry i did not have you shooting for BurnDiary a few weeks ago….keep us updated on what you will be up to….

    when i lived in Barrow, in the church rectory at one point, there was a Chinese restaurant…that was awhile back by now…soooooo far back , for sure i had no iPhone!!

    cheers, david


    i will be seeing Roberta and Renata in Rio right after the first of the year….you should come on down!! for sure the three of you would hit it off…boggles the mind actually!!

    cheers, david

  • the combo of iPhone and Instagram is the real revolution….just phenomenal, and i seriously predict will take us even further down this road of photography being the “only” common language… …………….only if it becomes open source and no longer subject to restrictions such as copyright

  • David, I thought about that in advance of my journey to Cross Island but I did not know if I would be able to get a wireless signal strong enough to Instagram on. I was pleasantly surprised when I did, but it usually required that I stand on top of the cabin and point my iPhone towards Prudhoe Bay and it was most always windy and cold, sometimes very windy and cold with rain and snow shooting by horizontally, and sometimes the iPhone would die from the cold before I could finish an Instagram. Maybe my new iPhone 5s could have handled it better. The Instagrams I posted only hint at what I did there or how it fits into the larger project I hope to complete over the next three years if it doesn’t kill or totally disable me first.

    At some point, I will fill you in.

  • CIVI!!!

    you should follow dave’s advice and run to Rio with your chickens.. Sunny Rio, DAH, carnaval preparation! just lacking some “civi” spirit to reach perfection. Give us the grace and pleasure of your visit! Put the van together… you, panos, vissaria – the greek mafia plus some burnian fellows and come to dominate the carioca land! That is your call , civi! dont disapoint us. Dave is also counting on you, he says you can succeed the Rio mission!

  • my nominee for the most common universal language is bullshit. It’s something we all have to put up with, it’s something we all don’t like, and it’s something we all understand.

  • Akaky – That’s all bullshit… hey! We’re speaking in common!


    ok, we will talk about when is the best time for you to jump in on the BurnDiary bit…

    first off, i do not think you are limited to the iPhone for Instagram…you may use any camera…the iPhone at this very moment is usually connected with thinking about Instagram only because of the wifi…by this time next year surely almost all cameras will have wifi capability built in…many do already….and there are easy connectors these days for any camera to send pictures to wherever by wifi…

    i use a crude way of doing it now if i am using any camera other than the iPhone for Instagram…i simply email myself the picture, open the email on my phone and save to the camera roll on the phone…mostly i do use the iPhone for Instagram, just because it is fast and easy…yet i welcome built in wifi as the next logical step for almost all cameras….

    cheers, david

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    Dear BURNIANS,

    we have report from RIO,yes,ROBERTA is reporting …
    ROBERTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA,THANK YOU and thank you again for the invitation…
    I will be there,oh,yeah,I am everywhere…and we will BURN RIO!!!
    Big hug and lot’s of love from your Greek family to you to RENATA and to our family there

    and because I love to copy and paste,here I am :

    {as Mike Young says above “I love to travel to places I have never been”…}

    MR.HARVEY,I don’t know how you do it but you find a way to boggle our minds…
    hihiii,I had to google the …”boggle”…shhh,academians are reading…hiihii

    ok,I love you ALL…be ready…I am calling out BURNIANS

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    and I am calling out SIDNEY …
    MR.SIDNEY,we would love to hear from you…
    Thank you in advance…

  • Yes, David, I have seen those possibilities from the beginning of this process and have been a little irritated that my $3500 camera bodies cannot do email by cell wireless or otherwise. So far, to keep the process simple and to challenge myself and make myself think differently, I have chosen to do Instagram totally by iPhone. I downloaded from my cameras into my laptop every day but the only wireless I could get on Cross Island was the very weak signal that slipped across the waters from Prudhoe Bay, so there was no way I could email any of those to my iPhone.

    But there are lots of possibilities. I’ll be in touch…

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    I am calling out SIDNEY A…just a brief report ( we accept pics too)…

    P.S FROSTY be in touch and to ALL our BURNIANS in INDIA area…be strong,be safe and report…

  • Vivianne Sassen on photobook making…


    you may be interested in a sd card, which has a wifi built-in. It is called Eye-Fi, and there is also an iPhone app for it, which can automatically transfer the pictures from any camera with this card to your phone. All you need to do is to configure it once in your pc and then connect with the Phone via wifi.
    Have sent a picture on instagram of a card, too.

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    Thank you THOMAS for the response…Eye-Fi or high five!!!

    MR.SIDNEYYYYY ATKINS …we are waiting for your report!

    meanwhile I am calling out LASSAL…we would love to hear from BURNIAN LASSAL…!!!

    Thank you ALL…and yes,I love you ALLLLLLLLL
    keep shooting and report!

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    SIDNEY and LASSAL …please report to your nearest BURN aisle…

    raining,raining in Grecolandia…oime,EVA, weather report please,do you more rain moving over?

    thank you !!!


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    read proof…and rain proof …not my strong points…hihiii

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    KATIEEEE FONSECA and MYGRACIE…be ready to report..

    BURNIANS…I can be a pest,a fly …I am going to hassle till I hear from you.
    You have been warned !!!

  • @ ALL:

    Yesterday I have misspelled burnmagazine on Google… and I’ve landed in this web page:

    Burrn Magazine – Japan’s Heavy Metal Bible

    Nevermind, Burn or Burrn magazine, both rock the same :-)!!


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    SIDNEY,LASSAL…I am waiting…

    oime…where are you MY BURNIANS…?

    I am calling out KATIIIIEEE FONSECA…and my GRACIE and POMARA…be ready !

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    meanwhile…the calling is for ALL MY BURNIANS and my Silents too

    “In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.”

    I love you ALL…

  • CIVI:

    Love that quote, thank you!

    Checking in from bourbon-horses-bluegrasland….went to listen to Penelope Umbrico speak about her work last night at the UK Art Museum. It was better than I had anticipated….still processing some of her comments and philosophies that I don’t think I quite agree with….but a good, thought-provoking event.

    I did like her series built out of the parts of the images of the screens of televisions listed for sale on Craig’s List….she takes the image, and crops out everything but the screen, leaving the ratio the same as the original image, then arranges these into a collage. In many, you can see reflections of the sellers interior, and often them. You’d be surprised how many people take photos of things to sell while wearing only underwear (or nothing at all)….

  • Bruce Davidson talk…

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    ANDREWB…PAUL…thank you for reporting!!!

    ALERT,alert from Greece:

    we are still looking…

    and I am still waiting for reports from OUR BURNIANS…


    I’m a bit late in responding here, but my two cents on iPhone photography & Instagram as an online community is summed up in my mind as EXPOSURE. Simple as that.

    We have an opportunity to show our work to the world, share our vision, and all this can be achieved in a workflow that takes less then twenty minutes from capture to share, consuming this visual stream is even easier, delivered every few seconds around the clock! How cool is that…

    James Estrin’s recent write up in NatGeo, titled the Visual Village is a wonderful read. I think he really nails it.

    …it is as David says, COMMON LANGUAGE!

    I think if your having fun, you will also produce meaningful images if your good at what you do, especially if you believe in what your doing, and perhaps most importantly if you ARE having fun!!

    My friend Mike Kircher describes the iPhone as the great equalizer, everyone is given equal limitations, or better -opportunities- to make images using their own voice as journalists, photographers. Camera know how is less important then vision, the iPhone reinforces that in my mind!

    I have done some serious work through out the years on multiple mediums, some published, some that may never get published, and so much that is not worth publishing…yet some of the most rewarding images I have made to date were shot on my iPhone, this work is meaningful to me, it is personal, intimate!

    Most importantly these photographs are out there, published, accessible to anyone who cares to take a look…these images are given a life beyond the moment.

    Thanks for sharing my work David! Respect, Jeremy

  • Jeremy…

    Well said!

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    DEPORAH is going Upstairs…LOU REED is going Upstairs…oime…

    and PANO’S Spider is going Upstairs too…

    Last call for SIDNEY,LASSAL…

    I am calling out KATIEE FONSECA …!!!

    Thank you ALLLL…be ready for HalloWin …

  • Jeremy Wade Shockley…
    Maybe this link I’m about to paste here in a couple of seconds maybe a clue of what we should perhaps start saving up for. Especially as we both love that Panasonic 20mm pancake lens…

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