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Before the Burn

About the artist

Just moments before the burn. While the masses gather, I am atop a scaffold on Mainsail & 150 degrees  for three hours.  


My name is Michael Depraida and I earn my living as a full time independent artist. My medium has evolved from classical painting, through traditional photography and is now moving into digital and graphic art. 

 This is the first time I have ever been compelled  or desired to capture an event in a  photojournalistic manner. I am proud of this body of work, the results of my first BURNING MAN  experience. Settling for seven days with my friend Cher, on the corner of FANTAIL and 150 in Van-Go, my 36 foot digital Darkroom and full time residence of the past three years. 

 On the Playa, I produced, bartered and gifted over 100 of the images displayed here. Perhaps I gave you one!

 All images here are produced and matted as archival fine art prints, signed, dated and available in two sizes 
8 x 10
(11 x 14 mat)  
11 x 14
(16 x 20 mat)


Want one? call (917) 806-0566 or E-mail

Site conceived, designed and administered by M.J. Depraida E-me
All images
copyright 2002 and Digimarc embedded. Images may not be used without written permission from the artist.