This is my first post.
After reading these comments I was finally prompted to register to share my thoughts.
I am in TOTAL agreement that everyone has bills to pay (including myself), and I absolutely believe that Burning Man has made a huge impact in my own life in that regard.
BM has helped me really find myself, and now when I am not on the playa, a lot of playa-like characteristics come thru in my attitude and work, which is great.
I think that that is one of the big pieces of the puzzle with BM. We all go out to the desert each year, dance around in the dust, learn some new tricks, and bring that back to our non-burner friends and hope that we all have a positive impact on the world.
I think it is wrong to blatenly not follow the rules set forth by the Burning Man group.
It is not wrong to bring back pictures, memories, and even videos.
It is not wrong to learn things at BM, have that influence your life and your art, and hopefully make more money that way. The energy spreads, and it comes back around, letting those people that benefitted rock it EVEN HARDER at BM the next year.
What is NOT ok is learning some tricks at BM, photographing it, and then using it to make tons of money.
Don't you think they could find another way to build that or its equivalent in 2007 if (god forbid) without selling the media and story to lexus?
I think it is one thing to learn how to build "the waffle" and then go back and build another one for lexus and maybe even mention where the art technique was first displayed.
It is another thing to show it like this on the website:
It's not that the artist went and built a similar installation for lexus, but they are really taking the pictures straight from the event and using it to sell cars. That is our fire. That is our energy.
If we don't put it out, then what is next? Apple? Starbucks? GMC? MTV?
You gotta choose your battles, but I think this is one that is worth fighting for.
And in closing, if someone does get the chance to deal with it, legally or not, I hope that they keep their cool and represent our community in a POSITIVE way.
Thank you for listening to my .02
see ya on the playa~