Steps of the Sun

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‘Steps of the Sun’ © 2018 Carlos Aleman

Ah! Sunflower
William Blake, 1757 – 1827

Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;

Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.


Women’s Day

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Happy International Women’s Day 2018.
The artist who painted the woman in the lower right passed away last year. Her name was Tamara Natalie Madden. This incredibly talented painter was born in Jamaica and moved to American when she was young. She became ill with a rare disease for women. Art helped her cope with her suffering. The birds in her paintings represent freedom from disease.


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‘Adrift’ © 2018 Carlos Aleman

My wife thought of the title again, ‘Adrift,’ which I promptly used as the hashtag. I worked from a reference photo taken by my Instagram buddy, Jayden Tan in a test photoshoot. Thanks JT! Here’s the story behind it:

“Chap Goh Mei” (aka the 15th night of Chinese New Year) is regarded as the Chinese equivalent to Valentine’s Day. And in the olden times, it was the only day that single young ladies were allowed to venture out of their homes. It was an opportunity to parade their beauty in front of potential suitors. It was also the practice for them to throw oranges into the sea in the hopes of securing a good husband.