Georgia’s Burning!

The Alchemy 2012 Burn Report

by Whatsblem the Pro


Alchemy, the Georgia Regional Burn, has just released their 2012 Burn Report. Tolstoy it ain’t, but to anyone interested in the logistics that go into a good burn, it’s a fascinating read. Those of you planning large-scale art projects will also find some solid grist for your mills therein.

I for one am impressed. Alchemy 2012 came in nearly $7,000 under budget, and generated revenue of $49,727.33 for Alchemy LLC, the co-op that runs the event. The degree of willing transparency demonstrated by their sometimes very candid comments in their Burn Report stand as an inspiration to all of us to take responsibility for our shortcomings. For instance:

“We did not have enough Rangers to work perimeter. The back half was only watched by two members of APW and two Rangers.”

“During fueling of the Effigy someone with a lit cigarette was able to enter the Perimeter.”

“Paper lanterns were being set up by the crowd- there were blowing right at the effigy while it was fueled.”

“We had our first runner. He did not get very far in and was grabbed by a Ranger. He turned out to be a very intoxicated minor who snuck into the event. I rode with Officer Denny to return the kid to his home and we spoke to his father about what happened.”

You can’t fix things without acknowledging that they’re broken first, and our brothers and sisters in Georgia seem to understand that well.


The Alchemy 2012 Burn Report is also well-stocked with positives; Section III, Innovations and Improvements for 2012, is particularly instructive, and again, the candid nature and expansiveness of the comments are not only valuable for other event planners and project leads, they show a commitment to open honesty and constant improvement that we can all take a lesson from.


Alchemy 2012 Burn Report

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  17. The thing I noticed the most is that the pictures had nothing to do with the content of the article. A more appropriate picture might have been the burn itself. But talking about financials and posting a picture of half naked girls just takes away from the content. If you really wanted the Shock and Awe of the photos the article should really have been about something other than the financials and how the burn is growing, etc.

  18. ‘Disappointing on a major level’. Although the publishing party here may feel differently. We Burners have a policy that this should never happen and is part of the general rules of any ‘Burn’ in general. Further more it is aside from being (illegal & offensive that some ones personal property be taken from them and published to any site as part of a article) Morally inept & intelligibly questionable it be done without there permission. No matter where you found it. I would advise the photographers wishes be respected and it be pulled asap. Although I will also add ‘great job on your original post’ (outside of the obvious ).

    ~ Zilla

  19. The second photo of my naked camp mates was taken off of my personal blog without my permission as well. I was not asked before this photo was used and I was not informed afterwards either. Neither of the people in this photo consented to it being shared on this website and I, the photographer, was not asked permission or informed of it’s use. That is 100% not okay and extremely disappointing.

  20. That last photo was never meant to be shared with the world….. hahahaha someone got that off of my tumblr. Oh my. My original caption was something like “home, clean, and a little sleep-deprived.”

      • It’s NOT okay to repost people’s photos without their permission. It’s a violation of their copyright and it’s wrong. I realize that in this day and age nobody thinks twice about re-sharing a photo from Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, a blog… but just because “everybody’s doing it” doesn’t make it right, or legal.

        In the future, please ask people before using their photos for your site. Especially photos involving nudity.

      • I’m confused, here. You posted this person’s picture without their permission. This person comes onto your blog stating that “that last photo was never meant to be shared with the world.” Your response is “You look great.”

        There’s something very wrong with that.

        A more appropriate response would have been “Would you like me to take this picture down, or may I keep it up?”

        Obviously, though, the best thing to have done in the first place would have been to ask her permission BEFORE re-posting the picture. It makes me wonder if you got permission from the other people to post nude pictures of them on your blog. Given your response to Demeter, I’m guessing you didn’t.

        Not only is that shitty to the people that may not want their nude selves on your blog, but it’s also in direct violation of the waiver you signed. There was a photo policy on that waiver. Did you read it? Either you didn’t, or you did and are just ignoring it.

      • Here’s what the law says:
        “Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, search engines, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship”
        If you want us to remove the photo we will. If you post naked photos of yourself on the Internet, they could turn up anywhere – think before you strip before you pose.

      • I am the photographer whom that nude belongs to and I was never asked or told about it being used. I would like it taken down. I feel very disrespected that a nude of two close friends that I posted on my own personal blog was used for something like this without my permission.

      • ” If you post naked photos of yourself on the Internet, they could turn up anywhere – think before you strip before you pose.” is incredibly offensive and quite frankly, a surprise coming from the burner community. Just because a close friend consented to being photographed by me does not mean that they consented to that photo being in this article. Ask before you use someone else’s photos. Nudity has nothing to do with it.

      • which photo do you want taken down Allie? The fire twirling? I can’t see any nude pictures in this story, I can see some nipples but in both cases the girls appear to be wearing something over them – it doesn’t seem offensive to me.

        If you type “Georgia Alchemy” into Google Image search, both images come up freely on the Internet – nothing to do with our site. Neither one has any obvious information about who the photographer is or what copyright restrictions they have. One of the photos looks like it’s been up on the Internet for 5 years.

        You might want to take them down from wherever you posted them, if you don’t want them seen by anybody. Or post them on Facebook and use their security settings to make sure they’re only available to your friends.

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