I spent a few days there before I even took one picture, trying to get a sense of the place and the people. After 48 hours, I slipped into the same matrix and I got it. Now, every year, I go without exception. I'm still not sure why I go, but every year while in the flow, I promise myself I'll go the next year. It's very difficult to get there. The travel, the RV, the food, the expense, the TIME, but I do it anyway. It's not a self-important thing or anything like that. It's COMPLETELY selfish in a non-religious spiritual way and it's wonderful. But it's okay to be selfish, in which there is a universe-balancing virtue that escapes common mores.
And it's a place for experimentation with the body, mind, and camera. In the "Default World" (that's what we Burners call the world in which we are sitting now), there is a societal patina of judgment. This is acceptable. That is not acceptable. These sorts of things. And even though I'm an artist and I hang out with other creatives, I'm always acutely aware that I'm moving around a world where other muggles are constantly judging this or that. So I keep my guard up, a bit. I don't want to offend their worldviews, you know? But imagine being with 60,000 non-muggles for a week. You can creatively explore an artistic plane that is not allowed in the Default World.