The Yamabushi – Mountain Monks

Yamabushi in northern Japan practice a once forbidden ancient religion.
While their tradition is at risk of disappearing, it offers a way for
those seeking a different path in Japan‘s society.

Walking barefoot through rivers, meditating under waterfalls and
spending the nights on mountaintops – that is the way of the Yamabushi.
They walk into the forest to die and be born again.

Their teachings of Shugendō 修験道 were first established 1400 years ago
and peaked in popularity during the 17th century,

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Shirley Baker

Saturday before leaving London, I visited with a friend The photographers’ Gallery, an amazing place. 🙂

I made a very very great discover as there were the few last days of an exhibition of Shirley Baker’s wonderful work.

it is focused on her 60-70’s view of north England, for a great part Manchester and Salford (because Salford is not Manchester, Christopher Eccleston learned me this 😉 )

I use to prefer the old argentic black and white and Baker was a very engaged artist,

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