El-Branden Brazil

Photographer, Writer & Mystic Traveller

Posts from the ‘Sacred Places’ category

My Friend, The Kamakura Daibutsu

When I was 13 years old in the UK, I cut out a photograph of the Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha) from an old 1953 book about Japan. For years, this image adorned my bedroom wall. At that time, my interest in Buddhism was developing in secret. I bought books on Zen, which I kept hidden under my bed. I was fascinated by the aesthetics of the Daibutsu. He is part of the reason that I ended up on these shores in Japan. Over my past 26 years living in nearby Tokyo, I have had many opportunities to meet my old friend, as I did last week.

This is a collection of images from over the years.
Photography by El-Branden Brazil

The Kamakura Daibutsu During Cherry Blossom Season

Cherry Blossom & The Kamakura Daibutsu

The Kamakura Daibutsu, Japan

The Kamakura Daibutsu (The Great Buddha) of Kamakura, Japan

Kamakura Daibutsu, Japan

Kamakura Daibutsu

Kamakura Daibutsu At Sunset

The Kamakura Daibutsu

The Kamakura Daibutsu, Japan

The Kamakura Daibutsu On A Very Rainy Day

Kamakura Daibutsu At Sunset

Mysterious Silbury Hill, Wiltshire

Mysterious Silbury Hill, Wiltshire
Photography by El-Branden Brazil

Silbury Hill, located in Wiltshire, England, is the largest man-made mound in Europe, built approximately 2,400 BC, during the Neolithic period. It is a part of the Avebury Stone Circle complex. Its purpose has been lost to time, but archaeologists continue to speculate. It obviously had an important role for the culture of the people at the time.

It is an immense, mysterious and romantic place, that invokes the primeval and magical in all who visit it.