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Nicole Gibson

Welcome to the Nicole Gibson Photography blog! Years ago, Nicole became captivated by the power of visual expression and storytelling, and today what she loves most is to create images about the world, about humanity, and about the human condition.

Nicole Gibson is an award-winning photographer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She was awarded First Place in the 2010 International Photography Awards, in addition to 8 Honorable Mentions. She is also the winner of the 2008 Vincent Versace Award for Photographic Excellence. Nicole’s work has been published in Photoshop User Magazine and B&W. Her work has also been sold to Bethany House Publishers, used by various non-profit organizations, and represented by India Picture stock agency. She is also a member of the International Guild of Visual Peacemakers

Canang Sari: Balinese Offerings

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Bali has reputation for being, basically, an exotic vacation destination. But it’s also an intensely spiritual place. I felt it as soon as I got off the plane, and I saw it everywhere I looked.

I’ve just returned from a month-long trip to Indonesia, and after spending most of my time on the Muslim-majority island of Java, the Hindu worship of Bali was a stark contrast. Most noticeably, the daily Balinese offering baskets, called canang sari, are literally everywhere you turn. On the sidewalk in front of businesses, hanging from baskets in front of homes, on the steps of temples. Everywhere.

Canang refers to the baskets themselves, which are woven from coconut leaves, and sari refers to the “essence” of the offerings to the gods, which is typically money or food placed on top. The offerings are made in the morning every day and are, as far as I can tell, specific to the island of Bali.

Canang sari so marked my experience of the place that I put together this collection of images, all from my first day in Bali.

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