The Burning Man, a festival that takes place in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada, suggests life is full of surprises, outliers, and shamanic visions of what life could hold for us all, if we communed with the desert and ourselves on a regular basis, were to burn away ego and live in celebration of each other and the natural world. The photos of Gordy O’Hay’s portfolio may be out of order sequentially, but represent a visual continuity and journey more meaningful then the orderly tick of Westernized time.
O’Hay was born on the doorstep of New York City at the start of World War II and moved to the suburbs at the end of the war—but New York was always an attraction—and sometimes an obsession. As a teenager in the 1950s, he made many trips to Manhattan to record the chaos of 42nd Street and Times Square. This became a life obsession. Cities like Tokyo and Barcelona and festivals like The Burning Man had much in common with those early days on the streets of New York. In California in the 1970s, he became a university professor and joined the Chaos Collective at U.C. Santa Cruz. Today he is retired and still doing research on the science of Chaos. Visit his website at: DynamicsofPolygons.org to find out how a simple pentagon or octagon can weave beautiful fractal images.