Photographer's Note

Virtually all Asian temples have these large brass, or bronze, incense burners. Devotees buy and light incense as part of their rituals, and place them into the burner while saying prayers. When the burners start to get so full that there is little room to reach in and place new sticks this guy comes around and pulls out huge handfulls of the still burning sticks. He throws into another long burner, shaped more like a watering trough, where they continue to burn.

The burners are often partially filled with sand, to place the incense in, then they fill up with the ash of thousands of burned sticks. I noticed that, when this man pulled up on a handfull of incense, he closed his eyes. Not due to the smoke but because of the ash that is disturbed. You can see a puff of this ash just under his hands, it isn't the same colour or density as the smoke.

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