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Stunning photos from Burning Man 2022

After attending the first Burning Man in three years, San Francisco photographer Jane Hu was still reflecting on her experience after returning from the Black Rock Desert.

“I’m still definitely processing. It usually takes me a few weeks to even fully grasp what happened,” Hu said. “But I think first impressions would be, it felt sort of strangely similar to previous years. It was almost like no time had passed, in a way.”

“SpaceCats Final Landing” by Ayda Keshtkar and the Adenium Collective from Chicago at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"Seed of Dreams" by Martin Taylor and the Chromaforms Art Collective from Oakland, Calif., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Seed of Dreams” by Martin Taylor and the Chromaforms Art Collective from Oakland, Calif., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

She noted that many people would often refer to 2019’s Burning Man as last year’s event.

“I think this missing gap of time almost felt like it didn’t happen. Someone mentioned it felt like stepping into a time capsule almost,” she added.

Facing the Fearbeast by Tigre Mashaal-Lively & Make Love Visible from Santa Fe, New Mexico at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Facing the Fearbeast by Tigre Mashaal-Lively & Make Love Visible from Santa Fe, New Mexico at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Jane Hu

Inside the Infinity Temple by Stephen Rhoades from Burlington, Vermont at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Inside the Infinity Temple by Stephen Rhoades from Burlington, Vermont at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Jane Hu

Sculpture at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Sculpture at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Jane Hu

Wild Horses of the American West by Artist Collective from Reno, Nevada at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Wild Horses of the American West by Artist Collective from Reno, Nevada at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Jane Hu


Some of the art at Burning Man 2022. (Jane Hu)

Despite it feeling like a return to familiarity for repeat festival-goers, the reality and emotions from living through the COVID-19 pandemic were also evident as well.

“I’ve done a piece on the [Burning Man] temple before The temple felt particularly emotion-filled this year, there’s just so many people that passed away, so much that people were trying to let go of and find closure for this year,” she said.

"Empyrean Temple" by Laurence Renzo Verbeck from Boulder, Colo., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Empyrean Temple” by Laurence Renzo Verbeck from Boulder, Colo., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

Hu has attended Burning Man for more than a decade. She is part of the festival’s team of documentarians, who capture everything and everybody that makes the interactive art event so special and unique. It’s given her a new perspective on life, contributed to her evolution as a photographer and was even the impetus for her decision to marry her husband.

Saloon art car at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Saloon art car at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

“It’s just so much fun to go and then be able to have these photos out in the public eye, and have people understand the Burning Man is more than just the crazy party,” Hu explained.

Burning Man’s theme this year was “Waking Dreams: past, present and future visions of our hypnagogic reality.”

Marlowe Bassett of Metamorphosis Ballet at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Marlowe Bassett of Metamorphosis Ballet at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

“Burning Man just feels like a dream any year,” Hu said. “But I think just being gone for so many years, it felt like a more intense version of a dream because it was like a memory come to life.”

Hu noted this year featured a higher diversity of artwork, much of it smaller in size, that allowed festivalgoers to interact on a more personal level.

"The Last Ocean" by Jen Lewin from Brooklyn, New York, at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“The Last Ocean” by Jen Lewin from Brooklyn, New York, at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

“I’ve always felt so inspired by what people are willing to bring out there, whether it’s fashion or art,” she added. “It always blows my mind what people can accomplish.”

This year’s Burning Man also had some of the most extreme weather Hu has ever experienced at the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, which included even more extreme hot temperatures and day-long dust storms. The weather created complete white-out conditions, which made moving anywhere difficult.

Unbound: A Library in Transition by Julia Nelson-Gal from Palo Alto, Californa at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Unbound: A Library in Transition by Julia Nelson-Gal from Palo Alto, Californa at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Jane Hu

Catharsis by Arthur Mamou-Mani and the Catharsis Crew at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Catharsis by Arthur Mamou-Mani and the Catharsis Crew at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.
Jane Hu


Jane Hu

But she noted that the weather extremes are part of the Burning Man experience.

“In limited quantities, I actually really enjoy the dust, because it just feels kind of cleansing. … There’s so much stimulation, right? It’s like an overstimulated environment that just really limits your focus, and it slows you down. And it helps you enjoy where you are, and helps you meet new people and interact with what’s around you instead of feeling FOMO.”

"Black!  ace" by Erin Douglas and Black Burner Project from Baltimore, Md., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Black! Ase” by Erin Douglas and Black Burner Project from Baltimore, Md., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

See more of Hu’s photos below.

"Mebuyan Vessel" by Leeroy New and Luca Parolari from Manila, Philippines, at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Mebuyan Vessel” by Leeroy New and Luca Parolari from Manila, Philippines, at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

burning of "carillon" by Steven Brummond of Oakland, Calif., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Burning of “Carillon” by Steven Brummond of Oakland, Calif., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

Robot Heart at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Robot Heart at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"SonicSphere" by Kugelauditorium from London at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Sonic Sphere” by Kugelauditorium from London at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

Sculpture at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Sculpture at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"Adelita" by Chris Carnabuci at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Adelita” by Chris Carnabuci at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"GAIA" by Marco Cochrane with Julia Cortell from Petaluma, Calif., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“GAIA” by Marco Cochrane with Julia Cortell from Petaluma, Calif., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

Art car at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Art car at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

Art car at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Art car at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"INCENTER" by Kate Greenberg from San Francisco at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“INCENTER” by Kate Greenberg from San Francisco at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"INCENTER" by Kate Greenberg from San Francisco at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“INCENTER” by Kate Greenberg from San Francisco at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"Illuminate Radiata" by Eric Zann and the Illumina Radiata Art Guild from Kirkland, Wash., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Illumina Radiata” by Eric Zann and the Illumina Radiata Art Guild from Kirkland, Wash., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

Sculpture by Michael Benisty at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Sculpture by Michael Benisty at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"Facing the Fearbeast" by Tigre Mashaal-Lively and Make Love Visible from Santa Fe, NM, at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Facing the Fearbeast” by Tigre Mashaal-Lively and Make Love Visible from Santa Fe, NM, at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"Disturb My Slumber" by Recto Verseau from Sparks, Nev., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Disturb My Slumber” by Recto Verseau from Sparks, Nev., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"Petaled Portal" by David Oliver from Snowflake, Ariz., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Petaled Portal” by David Oliver from Snowflake, Ariz., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"point of view" by HYBYCOZO at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Point of View” by HYBYCOZO at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"Infinity Temple" by Stephen Rhoades from Burlington, Vt., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Infinity Temple” by Stephen Rhoades from Burlington, Vt., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

Fire sculpture at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Fire sculpture at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"paradise" by Dave Keane & Folly Builders from San Francisco at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Paradisium” by Dave Keane & Folly Builders from San Francisco at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

Art car at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Art car at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

"Homage to Dali" by Jack Champion from Cotati, Calif., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.

“Homage au Dali” by Jack Champion from Cotati, Calif., at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock desert of Gerlach, Nevada.

Jane Hu




"Gilded" by Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson and David Moreno Terron from Alameda, Calif., and Valencia, Spain, at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

“Gilded” by Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson and David Moreno Terron from Alameda, Calif., and Valencia, Spain, at Burning Man 2022 in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev.

Jane Hu

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