Texas-based Photographer Mike Whitten
Join Arash for a captivating conversation with photographer Mike Whitten, as the two explore the culture of photography at regional Burns and Burning Man. Having recently resettled in Austin, Texas, Mike shares his experiences shooting since the film days and reflects on his 20-year fascination with Burning Man before finally capturing moments on the playa. In this candid discussion (pun a little intended), Arash and Mike delve into the emotional impact of photography and explore some ethical frameworks photographers could potentially implement both on and off playa. Arash and Mike share insights into the nuances of taking candid photographs and the paramount importance of obtaining consent, highlighting the intersection of creativity, respect, and community values when capturing moments at Burns like Freezerburn and YOUtopia.
This episode was produced by Kim Loop and recorded in Austin, Texas.
Internationally renowned photographer Trey Ratcliff and a Robot Heart sunrise set from The Scumfrog
Arash catches internationally renowned photographer Trey Ratcliff in Hollywood on one of his recent visits to the United States. Trey’s iconic travel photos have made a lasting impact on the international photography community and his images of Black Rock City and the desert have served as pillars of the storytelling around Burning Man. A pioneer in HDR photography and a multi-disciplinary artist making waves in the NFT space, in this episode we delve into Trey's unique perspective on photography and art, as well as his journey to becoming a self realized artist in conjunction with his exploration of Burning Man. After the interview we are treated to a sunrise DJ set from The Scumfrog, recorded live at Robot Heart in 2015. This electrifying mix includes a track that was used in Trey's Machine Elf 98, making this episode a super fun one for those interested in the intersection of photography and dance music.
Visit treyratcliff.com and stuckincustoms.com to explore Trey's spectacular art and photography.
Watch Machine Elf 98 at facebook.com/watch/?v=524959878713396, and you can find more of these creations at the-machine-elf.com.
Trey's new podcast can be found at podcasts.treyratcliff.com.
Pop over to thescumfrog.com to hear a ton of amazing music.
Learn more about Burning Man's regional network over at regionals.burningman.org/about-the-regional-network/history-of-regionals and these previous episodes of Burner Podcast: burnerpodcast.com/previous-episodes/category/regional-network
And a massive thank you to Robotheart.org for all the years of amazing participation in our community! <3
Hosted by (mr)Arash, the original Burner Podcast is the longest running traditional audio podcast in the extended international community of Burning Man. Independently produced and focused on Burner consciousness and topics of intracultural interest, explore over 130 previous episodes at burnerpodcast.com/previous-episodes.
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