Incense Sticks

Chiang Mai (Thailand) / 2010

These incense sticks were burning in from of a temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Buddhists regard incense as “divine odor,” and its smell is meant to evoke the presence of Buddhist divinities. Burning incense sticks works as a sensory way to sanctify the space and offering behaviors with mindfulness and awareness.

A few years later I used this photo as a model for a gouache work on HDF board.