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June Lake

Dorothy and I have our RV at June Lake for a few days. (????pics) 

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Taking The RV Out Of Storage

   
Dorothy and I are on the road again in the RV. Here is a nice little sunset that happened whilst we we’re getting our rig out of storage. (????pic)

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Tommy McNeeley

If you want to help please send a donation to Tommy’s family. They could use some financial help in a time like this.

My friend Tommy died. Tommy was 37 years old, working in Baghdad, at the U.S. Embassy and from what I understand he had a heart attack and passed away.

Tommy McNeeley
(I took this photo of Tommy while we we’re on the roof of my RV taking photos of Balloons)

I’m writing this because writing helps me deal with stuff like this. I haven’t had much sleep due to our 3 week old baby so bear with me, this might not be very well written.

I met Tommy only one time and we spent a few great days together. Tommy, his lovely wife Stef, and his son Logan happened to park their trailer right beside ours at The 2014 Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque New Mexico. I could tell immediately that ‘these are our people’!

Here is a photo of their trailer under a rainbow:
Tommy's Trailer

Tommy was the type of person you always want to have as a neighbour. He was super friendly, a great conversationalist, and also knew how to be respectful and keep distance when needed. The type of guy who’d say ‘hey we’re goin into town can we grab you anything…’ Just a class act all around. He was the type of person you’d call your friend after only knowing him for a few days.

Tommy and I hit if off immediately and we soon learned that we had both just been at Burning Man 2014.

We we’re burners. We we’re fast friends.

Tommy and I spent the next few days soaking up the magic of the largest balloon festival in the world. The kind of event that is pure bliss for photographers like us.

Stef and Tommy invited me out for dinner. I suspect that they had felt pity for me after after seeing me eating cereal every meal because my wife Dorothy hadn’t arrived yet… We went out for dinner in the lovely old part of Albuquerque and I got to see how wonderful their family is. We enjoyed strolling the streets of this old part of town. The air was warm and indeed, so was the company.

When my wife Dorothy arrived at the festival she also immediately noticed that Tommy was an amazing guy and that she hoped we’d all stay in touch and meet up again soon. Stef was so busy looking after Logan that we didn’t get to spend as much time with her as we’d have liked.

During our time together Tommy expressed an interest in photography and I showed him a few things in a very informal way. Tommy learned very quickly. He was tack sharp. Tommy also showed me a few things too. Specifically he showed me an innovative wireless DSLR to mobile workflow he had created to for his photography suit his mobile lifestyle. When you’re going hard on the road it’s tough to process photos. Whatever the case, we totally nerded out on photography together. It was a real treat. In fact Tommy was so keen on getting into photography that he and I woke up in the middle of the night to take some photos of a lunar eclipse.

Here is a photo we took together that night:

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We stayed up almost all night talking about life, kids, and war. Tommy told me stories about his previous tours of duty. He mostly talked about the friends he lost and how great they we’re. Tommy was remarkably clear and professional about what he could and could not tell me despite my proding questions. He had too much respect for the military to tell me anything out of bounds even though it was just the two of us at 4 in the morning.

Tommy had been through hell and yet he hadn’t allowed war to define him. Tommy only talked about it because I was curious and had asked him a bunch of questions.

During our conversation we both got to a point in the discussion where we felt Tommy should ‘quit while you’re ahead’ meaning stop being a soldier. I wanted to push him on this but felt it wasn’t my place to say anything given we had only known each other for a couple days. Tommy already knew this but I told him out loud that I respect him and what he had done for his country was heroic.

One thing was clear from our conversations that night. Tommy was an amazingly talented, humble, and well rounded person who had already lived several lifetimes for someone of his age. I am shattered knowing we have lost such a great person.

Tommy’s photographs had dramatically improved since the last time I saw him. In fact you could almost see him getting better by the day.

Here are some of his photos:

http://www.tommypic.com/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/34330567@N07/

Take a look at his Facebook to see the kind of wonderful life he had:

https://www.facebook.com/tommy.mcneeley/photos

I had been waiting for out paths to cross again but such is life. I would like to express my deepest condolences to Tommy’s wife Stef, and his children.

I hope that some day they find this and know that their father was an incredible guy. He was such an amazing person that I felt compelled to write this after only spending a couple days with him.

I will always admire Tommy. He was really wonderful guy, a dedicated soldier, father, and husband. This is why I say hi is a genuine hero. Not because of his bravery and valor as a soldier but because he was just a really really great person.

I can only hope to be half the man Tommy was.

Rest In Peace Tommy.

We’re sending hugs and love to Tommy’s wife Stefanie and his children Astrid, and Logan all the way from Toronto Canada.

Sincerely,
Duncan Rawlinson

The photo below is how I will remember Tommy. He was out taking photos on an adventure with his beautiful family. He said to me ‘whoa! there’s a Darth Vader Balloon’ and scurried off to get closer photos of the balloon. You can see Stef and Logan also in this photo:

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If you want to help please send a donation to Tommy’s family. They could use some financial help in a time like this.

Tommy Family

If you want to help please send a donation to Tommy’s family. They could use some financial help in a time like this.

Here are a couple more photos I took of Tommy. I’m posting these here for his family, click to view full size:

Tommy Stef And Balloons

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Five Million Views On Flickr

I passed five million views on my Flickr account the other day.

In a word of virality and bazillions of views on things, 5 million may not sound like much but I appreciate each and every view. I like knowing that I have contributed to the internet.

So thanks for looking at my photos people of the internet!

(I’ve had a flickr account for 3961 days and the photos have been view 5,086,946 times. So that’s an average of 1284 views per day for almost 11 years. The internet is still amazing to me!)

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Burning Man 2013 Photos

There are LOTS of photos on this page. Please be patient when it loads!

Here are my Burning Man 2013 photos.

See also:
My Burning Man 2017 Photos
My Afrikaburn 2017 Photos
My Burning Man 2016 Photos
My Burning Man 2015 Photos
My Burning Man 2014 Photos
My Burning Man 2012 Photos

All of these photographs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

*UPDATED* May 28th 2014 I just got some film back and posted a few new Lomo images below. Enjoy!

These photographs are also on Facebook, Flickr, or Photo.Duncan.co


Lady Playing What Looks Like A Space Organ


The Man


The Epic Coyote created by Bryan Tedrick (his comments below)


Screen Printing T-shirts


Lee And One Of His Many Musical Instruments


Dusty Out There


Dorothy And The Rv


Dorky Selfie


Vintage RV


Burning Man “V.I.P.” ;) ;)


Lee And Bobby Just Before Heading Home


Michael And Mathieu Just Before Heading Home


Wes And His Rig About To Hit The Road

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Dorothy and I (These bunny ears move according to your brainwaves!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Happy Man With A Fantastic Purple Cape

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Singing Flowers (created by Krystal Perkins and Colleen Pelech)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Dorothy Playing With Google Glass For The First Time (campmate works for Google…)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
A Lion Of Fire Pouncing On The Man

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Man Explodes

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Man On Fire

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Radiant Heat Fire Whip / Wrap And Fire Dancers

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Torch Holder

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Ranger Tek Sage (+1 For All These Awesome Guys!!!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Me!

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Baseball Pyramid Bat Country (created by Gwen Fisher, Paul Brown)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Dust Party At The Giant Cock Art Car

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Referee At The Giant Cock Art Car

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
VW Minibus With Hammocks

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
MOOP Man

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Man Rides An Electric Turtle That He Built

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Better Half

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Art Car

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Osiris

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Jellyfish People FTW!

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
What Walking With a Lightsaber Looks Like

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Kalliope

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Surly Bird Art Car (thanks to Mark G for the name!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Kalliope

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Hoosier Daddy Bike With Giant Wheel

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
FPV Pilot

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Quadcopter Pilot Greg Briggs

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
DJ Sicarii Playing on Scaffold Platform Altitude Lounge

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Sunset On The Mountains

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Riding Bikes Toward The Playa (at 9 I think)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Desert Forest

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Woman Works On The Truth is Beauty Sculpture (Sculpture created by Marco Cochrane)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
The “Gypsy Queen” by Robby Lebovic catching the “Salmon Ella” a franken fish, by The Tuna Guys

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Young Man At Center Camp

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Body Art By Jon Nash of Tribal Markers At Center Camp

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Sound Sculpture At Front Of Center Camp The Cathedral of Celestial Mathgic

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Center Of Center Camp

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
3 And Esplanade (I think)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
French 3D Imax Crew Blimp With 2 RED Cameras

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
PhotoChapel And Landscape

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
PhotoChapel

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Can’t Remember The Name

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Goddesscraft (created by Steven Eye, Kati Astraeir, and Moises Orozco)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Name Unknown

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Idaho CORE Marvin, The Vortexagon Burning Man 2013

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Idaho CORE Burn Marvin, The Vortexagon Burning Man 2013

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Aerial Photo Of Black Rock City At Sunrise (Thanks to Bryan for the flight!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Aerial Photo of Burning Man 2013 (Thanks to Bryan for the flight!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Aerial Photo of Burning Man 2013 (Thanks to Bryan for the flight!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Aerial Photo of Burning Man 2013 (Thanks to Bryan for the flight!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Aerial Photo of Burning Man 2013 (Thanks to Bryan for the flight!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Aerial Photo of Burning Man 2013 (Thanks to Bryan for the flight!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
New York CORE project Star of the City by Adi Azulay

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Up Close And Personal With The Man

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Flaming Pachinko Machine (created by Neal Milch / Animus)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Man Climbing On The Flaming Pachinko Machine (created by Neal Milch / Animus)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Massive Flaming Pachinko Machine (created by Neal Milch / Animus)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
RC Aircraft With LEDs Produces Colorful Ribbons Of Light On It’s Flightpath (Flown By Firefly)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
The HELIX Art Sculpture With Rotating Flames!!! (created by Charles Gadeken)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Discofish Art Car

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Discofish Art Car Scales Up Close

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
UFO Landing At The Man

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Hand Of Inspiration

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Our Bikes (mine makes a fun shadow!)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Skeeball Or Riskee Ball (created by Christopher Guard & Site 3 coLaboratory)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Super Street Fire (created by Seth Hardy)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Tangoed up in Blues

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Singalong

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Cunning Wolves!

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Clock Ship Tere Art Car

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Friendly Burners

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
There Are Many Ways To Burn

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
ENVISION: The Life Cube (created by skeeter)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Amazing What People Bring To The Playa! This is Ooligan Alley

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Burner Working On A Wind Turbine (I Think)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Black Rock City Air Force

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
More Amazing Burners Perform In Front Of The Abraxas Dragon Art Car

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Stunningly Beautiful Burner

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Kokomotive Art Car created by David Thibert

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Yet Another Beautiful Burner

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Cyborg Photographer Eric Schwabel with his Human Lightsuit At The Man

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Wedding At The Church Trap

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
First Moment As A Married Couple At The Church Trap

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Red Dragon Art Car named Spike by Charlie and Gail Holthausen

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Playa Dancer Kelly Guenther

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Solar Powered Art Car

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Burner Riding The Giant Moustache Teeter Totter

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Typical Scene On The Playa (Art Car Is The NeverWas Haul)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Epic Coyote (created by Bryan Tedrick)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Inside The Temple of Whollyness (created by SYNTHESIS LLC: Gregg Fleishman, Melissa Barron, Lightning Clearwater III)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Black Rock Bijou Theater

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Unknown Name

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Colourful Tarps On The Esplanade At Sacred Spaces

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Giant Like Like4Real (created by Dadara)

 (Duncan Rawlinson)
Artist Dadara cleans up after the giant Like burn.

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Penny The Goose (created by Mr and Mrs Ferguson)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Char Wash (created by Christopher Schardt)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
My Wife Dorothy Rawlinson’s Bike In Motion

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Truth is Beauty At Night (created by Marco Cochrane)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
The Line Monday Morning (arrived at 830 on playa got to camp at 330!)

See the rest of these photos here: http://Duncan.co/burning-man-2013/ (Duncan Rawlinson)
Heavily Loaded Vehicle

You can view these photographs and more on Facebook, Flickr, and Photo.Duncan.co.

Thank you to all the burners for all your hard work, creativity, and generosity. Also thanks for allowing me to take your picture!

Thanks to the Burning Man Organization for sharing these photos on The Burning Man Facebook page and on the Burning Man Twitter account.

See you in the dust next year!

See also:
My Burning Man 2017 Photos
My Afrikaburn 2017 Photos
My Burning Man 2016 Photos
My Burning Man 2015 Photos
My Burning Man 2014 Photos
My Burning Man 2012 Photos

*List of 2013 Black Rock City Honorarium Art Installations
*List of 2013 Black Rock City Art Installations