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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  • “My friend Mike Kircher describes the iPhone as the great equalizer”

    I think that camera phones (& close out deals on last years cameras) in general are the great equalizer rather than the i Phone. Here in NZ an I Phone costs over NZ$1000; so can’t really democratize photography. Whereas close out deals on cameras (My V1 kit- 2 cameras, 4 lenses and flash) cost about the same price as a single I-Phone… Cheers :-)

  • PAUL,

    Yes, this looks good in theory…I had the opportunity to put my hands on the new Sony a7R over the weekend, paired with the 35mm prime lens. Very nice, great size, nice full grip. If I had the cash that might be the direction for me, or the new Fujix100s.

    The market for these mirror less systems is competitive right now, and that is great for us…new ideas (technology) around every corner!

    I really likes this idea for a concept camera:


    Nice light, thin body for standard Nikon prime lenses, FX of course!

  • She says, “Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side”
    He said, “Hey honey, take a walk on my backside”

  • BURNIANS – Walking the streets of Oaxaca is where I would like to be…waking to the cockerel’s crow and the smell of warm tortillas!

  • Just came across this video and DAH speaks about Lucie Award winner Rich Clarkson, thought you might enjoy. Hope all are well here. x, e


  • Nice video clip…thanks for sharing! Rich is responsible for the Summit workshops in Jackson, where I first met David Harvey in person, Micheal Kircher and so many others years ago!

  • a civilian-mass audience

    oh, I love BURNLAND…I miss you ALL…hard times in broken Grecolandia.oh,well,I am a civilian and I don’t forget…

    SIDNEY,LASSAL,KATIEEE…pending your report…

    I am calling out AUDREY !!!


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    now,it’s time to report …Viva BURNIANS!!!

  • Anders Petersen interview:

    It’s striking how to humble this gentleman is, however on second thoughts I get the impression it would be impossible to get so close as Petersen manages without being like this.

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    oime…I love you ALL !!!

    Reporting from broken Grecolandia…internet access …I am back

    spread the LOVE, spread your lenses …keep shooting.

    and don’t forget to report …hmmmm…I am calling out DAVIDB…

    thank you ALL!!!

  • Mr Harvey…
    Smiling…I think the pot round here needs a little stirring…like in the good old days…something beyond the obvious and out of the box. (This has nothing to do with Federica’s essay which I honestly can’t understand why none of the regulars have commented on.. There’s a lot going on in that essay).

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    “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”

    Nelson Mandela

    safe travels and THANK YOU for everything !!!

  • Civi, I came here today just because I saw you had left a comment and I wanted to see your name and to feel the heart and love in your words. Boy, do I miss having you in my daily life!

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    Boy,you can’t imagine how much I miss you FROSTY…

    I am down here in Grecolandia…with my chickens,my azaleas and some olives…
    running around…I am an optimist but it’s getting harder everyday …
    it is painful to watch …
    my people are suffering …
    empty eyes…broken dreams…
    boy,oh,boy…I need every drop of my leftover energy to be strong…
    but I know,that here in BURNLAND ,I can find YOU and ALL my Family is next to me.
    Thank you FROSTY,thank you BURN and MR.HARVEY and MY BURNIANS !!!

    Please,keep BURNING cause through your vision I can dream too.

    oh,well,Viva and don’t forget…keep reporting cause I am watching YOU :)))

    P.S…FROSTY,I hope my cat is doing ok…(as you have promised)

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    and now I am calling out MR.JOHNG…oh,yeah…

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    And DAVIDB get ready to report…

    almost 5 years here in BURNLAND…you should know better…

    I CAN wait…oh,yeah…

  • Civi! I am still here. Has it been 5 years? Keep the faith in Grecolandia, I’ll keep the smoke going for the BBQ.

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    keep the smoke going …cause I am a hungry civilian…
    Thank you for reporting!!!

    69…70…post…AKAKYYYY is your time…


  • “If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s”
    Joseph Campbell

  • “Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: be intensely yourself. Don’t try to be outstanding; don’t try to be a success; don’t try to do pictures for others to look at-just please yourself”.
    Ralph Steiner

  • “I shut my eyes in order to see.”
    Paul Gauguin

  • “Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure.”
    Piero Ferrucci

  • “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • “Do not fear mistakes-there are none.”
    Miles Davis

  • “Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
    Doris Lessing

  • I’m not a Monster ….I’m just ahead of the curve.
    The Joker.

  • A great Diane Arbus documentary:

  • CARLO, Great video, Thanks for sharing here…

  • Sorry, Civi, I don’t have anything new, but here’s a bit of something:

    Francis Doherty was thirty-seven years old and the master of most of what he surveyed. He was the golden boy of a venture capital firm, a man whose ability to spot winning entrepreneurs and turn their sometime crackpot ideas into stock market gold earned him the favorable notice of the business press and a seven figure income. Those seven figures, in turn, allowed him to indulge a taste for expensive clothing and even more expensive sports cars. Doherty owned an entire floor in a very tony condominium building, the floor and the building selected for him by his equally tony girl friend. She was a graduate of Harvard Law, a descendant of a signer of the Mayflower Compact, and a real blonde, a fact that she brought up every so often just to remind herself that it was true in a sideways sort of fashion. Doherty thought about marrying her occasionally, but he’s always been able to suppress the thought. With so much going for him, Francis Doherty could not imagine anything ruining the perfect tenor of his life, except for this: Francis Doherty did not want to be bald.

    No, he did not. Baldness was, he felt, a proletarian phenomenon and not at all something a man of his means and position should have to endure. Unfortunately, Doherty’s genetic inheritance overruled his personal preferences. His father, a policeman who’d spent thirty years in a patrol car without ever taking the sergeant’s exam, was bald by the time he was twenty-five and Doherty was determined to avoid his father’s fate. He tried the various chemical solutions that promised to relieve his embarrassing condition by growing a new head of hair and the various chemical solutions were a collective flop. Instead of hair, the chemicals usually grew a large rash, which was not the point of buying the chemicals in the first place. Doherty had a closet full of hats and toupees, the increasing lifelikeness of the latter providing a reliable guide to his rapid rise in the financial world, and he had considered surgery. He had considered it and then shoved it down the same mental hole where he put the idea of marrying his girlfriend. Knowing that people would see the hair plugs in his scalp and know for a fact that he was bald was an idea almost too horrible for him to contemplate. That just about everyone in his life knew that he was bald did not seem to make a difference to him. Doherty did not want anyone to know that he was bald, even if they already did.

    So he needed a new toupee, a perfect toupee, one made to his specifications, and at length he found the people in a very exclusive and incredibly discreet men’s store in New York who could make it for him for a little less than five thousand dollars. The toupee was a thing of beauty, woven strand by strand from the hair of a Chinese woman from Szechuan province, and when Doherty put it on his head for the first time he knew that the craftsmen in the backroom had created a work of art. The toupee was as perfect as anything could be in this imperfect world, and so it therefore came as a considerable shock to Doherty when he woke up one morning to find that his new toupee had rifled his pockets and run off with his wallet, several suits, one of his Italian sports cars, and a small fortune in cash that Doherty kept hidden from the tax people in a small safe in the back of his clothes closet. This disturbed Doherty a good deal, as he was an optimist at heart and he could not believe that the toupee would do such a thing to him; the toupee had shown no previous signs of dishonesty and had no cause for unhappiness, as far as Doherty knew. It was enough to make anyone, even someone as optimistic as Doherty, bitter at the fallen nature of his fellow man.

  • “Pictures are not good or bad in themselves; they are either more or less persuasive. A bad picture can be extremely persuasive. Our task as photographers is not only to record what is in front of their camera — our photographs have to show the traits of our personalities and temperaments. That is what makes a photograph more persuasive.”
    Anders Petersen

  • “Endless lists of other peoples quotes on what makes great photography will not make your photography great.”
    John Gladdy

  • John Gladdy…

    Well of course I didn’t for one second think these quotes could miraculously change anyone. But if just one of these quotes serves as inspiration for someone to walk out and TRY, that’s good enough for me.
    I use quotes as reminders, like when I’ve finished work or at lunch break when I need to turn off my analytical mind and refresh my creative side.

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    Thank you AKAKYYYYY for reporting !!!

    I am calling out THOMAS …

    I love you ALLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!

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    PARTY is on!!!

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    ouzo ?

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    a big hug !!!

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    BURN=21st of December 2008 !!!

    HAPPY NEW SHOOTINGS to ALL…yeahhhhh!!!

    P.S…HAIK where is the cake?

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    THOMAS…waiting for report…

    and MICHELLE…are we there yet?:)))


  • A very merry Christmas to you all and happy birthday Burn.

  • What happened to the last essay?

  • Straight to the point and of course powerful….not mincing any words…

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    check me out …

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    100 ALL mine !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BURNIANS…I am not that much around due to IMF restriction BUT I follow you and I am next to YOU

    don’t forget to report …I am counting and I am “counting” on YOU

    Thank you MASS …
    your civi

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