Catherine Hall Debuts Metal Prints at Burning Man

I'm caked in fine, white desert dust and rivers of sweat travel down my sunburned, bikini-clad back. The temperature exceeds 100 degrees; the sun is stark against the cerulean sky and its light boun...


I’m caked in fine, white desert dust and rivers of sweat travel down my sunburned, bikini-clad back. The temperature exceeds 100 degrees; the sun is stark against the cerulean sky and its light bounces off the desert floor, blinding my eyes. “How did I get here?” I wonder. “What has brought me, and all of these people, to this exact moment?”

Every September, nearly 50,000 people from all over the world make the pilgrimage to the remote Nevada Black Rock desert to participate in Burning Man, a weeklong arts and culture festival. A unique social experiment in intentional community-building and en masse collective-camping, Burning Man attracts metallurgists, curiosity seekers from America’s heartland, fire artists, corporate lawyers eager to shed their suits, belly dancers, and Silicon Valley execs–in short, anybody willing to approach the distinctive experience with an open heart and mind.


A gritty, money-free event, Burning Man’s celebratory atmosphere, stark landscape, and eclectic attendees are a photographer’s field day. While there last year, I snapped thousands of pictures to document the wildness and beauty of a white-sand desert landscape teeming with art, culture, and freedom of expression.

If you haven’t yet secured tickets to Burning Man, perhaps the opportunity to check out my metal-print photography installation at “Electric Ladyland” theme camp will give you incentive to join me at America’s most influential, alternative arts festival. I will debut large-scale, metal-print images culled from my 2009 Burning Man Album, which Wedding and Portrait Photographers International recently honored with a second-place award in its Album Category.


Metal art is a focal point at Burning Man, and I am proud that this year Catherine Hall Studios’ innovative metal prints will contribute to aesthetic conversation among the thousands of world-class art installations that comprise the festival. Bay Photo Lab, California’s premier metal-prints specialist, is sponsoring the production of the installation. Metal-printing is an innovative process in which coated metal sheets are infused with dye, creating a durable (and desert-resistant!) product.

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I still haven’t made the final decision about which photographs to transfer to metal: Can you help? Below are three options. Pick your favorite and post a comment letting me know which image should be chosen!

Is it Mad-Hatters, No-Judgment, or Desert-Cowboy? Your top pick will be featured at Burning Man! I can’t wait to hear from you.


Thanks a bunch for taking the time to explain the terminlogy for the inexperienced persons!

Absolutely beautiful, looking forward to seeing more this year, on the playa!

[…] I slept in the back of a U-Haul van, lest I be forced to brave the nighttime, 40-degree temperatures sans shelter. I sported industrial goggles for days, lest the 70 mile-per-hour sandstorms fling dust into my eyes. I wore state-of-the-art Bose headphones to muffle the ceaseless drone of all-night-long, eclectic, house-electronic music. I looked on with excitement and wonder as tens of thousands of Burning Man pilgrims to the Black Rock Desert gathered around my art-collective encampment, transfixed by my metal-prints exhibition. […]

No Judgement.

KERPOW! These are fab Catherine. Love the look. These will look awesome as metal prints.

Amazing!!! I can’t wait to see and set up the final product! My choice is Mad-Hatters…it just personifies the fun you encounter on the playa :)

Love your story at Burning Man. I’ve never been to one, but your images might have tipped me forward. Miss ya!

i think all 3 are worth printing but if i have to chose only one I would go with Desert- Cowboy

Thanks so much for the feedback ladies!

Catherine, The middle, No Judgment, is incredible. I think that would be a great choice but ALL 3 are incredible.

This is so awesome! I can’t wait! See what happens when creatives brainstorm on a Sunday afternoon? Magic!
How can I chose? I have to say that I like the No-Judgement a lot with those piercing blue eyes, it makes me want to reflect on life, etc. But the Mad-Hatters is so playful that it makes me want to head out to the playa and go dance at the electric ladyland camp! So my final choice is the Mad-Hatters!

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