Beautiful Belgium by Alison Cornford-Matheson | Make Your Own Book After the success of the Forgotten Postcards book, I am thrilled to announce the launch of another book. This time, I am focusing on this small country I call home now – Belgium. In Beautiful Belgium you will find a combination of my travel photography … more
The Cloth Hall (or Lakenhal in Dutch) in Ypres Belgium was a warehouse for the prosperous cloth industry during the Middle Ages. These days, it is the home of the In Flanders Fields WWI Museum. I decided to create a Forgotten Postcard of this building because many of the real postcards of Ypres past reflect the devastation of WWI. I wanted … more
Bouchout Castle, Kasteel van Bouchout in Dutch, is located in the town of Meise, near Brussels, and is now at the centre of the National Botanical Garden of Belgium. Although the castle has been heavily restored, I felt the classic architecture lends itself well to the Forgotten Postcards treatment. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments … more
One of my favourite things about the Christmas holidays in Brussels, Belgium is the Christmas Market. Photographing the market at night is a special treat. The market stalls are lit with a warm glow. People bustle by. The cold winter air keeps folks bundled up and cheeks rosy. For added holiday drama, the Electrabel Nights Lightshow in … more
I recently returned from a short stay in Vouliagmeni, Greece. This beautiful sea-side town was a perfect place to stay, to visit both Athens and the coastal town of Sounion. Below you can see some of my favourite travel photos from Greece. Click on the thumbnails to view the photos with detailed captions.
Het Steen (the stone, in Flemish) is a small castle on the bank of the river Schelde in Antwerp, Belgium. This Medieval fortress is open to the public and houses the naval museum. This imposing structure seemed the perfect choice for the Forgotten Postcard treatment. I hope you like it! For many more iconic scenes … more
The historic waterfront of Ghent, Belgium is one of Flanders’ loveliest waterways. This street, known as De Graslei, borders the Leie River and is a popular spot on a sunny day. The gabled guildhalls seen here portray a typical Flemish style of architecture. The symmetrical nature of these beautiful buildings inspired this latest work of digital art. For many more … more
The Atomium is one of Brussels, Belgium’s most recognizable, and strange, landmarks. This unique piece of architecture represents an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. It was built for the World’s Fair in 1958 and was only meant to stand for 6 months. The Belgian people liked it so much, they decided to make it a … more
As you may have noticed, I’m hard at work on a new batch of Forgotten Postcards for the upcoming Accessible Art Fair. These are not only works of photographic collage, but also artistic reminders of places I have visited and enjoyed. This postcard is from a recent visit to Krakow, Poland; a city I fell … more
Recently, I was hired to create a custom Forgotten Postcard for an expat who was leaving Brussels. The Sainte Catherine/Sint Katelijne Square and church had significant meaning to the family and they wanted to memorialize it in a work of art. This is the final piece: While photographing the church for the Forgotten Postcard, I took photos of several different … more
A few weeks ago I ran a contest to promote the Forgotten Postcard Series. Typically, I work with my own images to create the Forgotten Postcards, however the idea was born from an image I created from a friend’s photo. Because I enjoy being inspired by other people’s travel photos, as well as my own, … more
Recently I was hired to photograph the stunning Holling Grange self-catering cottages in Abbey Dore, Hereforshire, England. The cottages have been taken over by new management and have been completely renovated to a very high standard. They were a joy to photograph, as the owners have a keen eye for detail and styling. Below is a gallery … more
The National Basilica of Koekelberg or Basilica of the Sacred Heart (French: Basilique Nationale du Sacré-Cœur, Dutch: Nationale Basiliek van het Heilig-Hart ) is a Roman Catholic church in Brussels, Belgium. The art-deco church is the 6th largest Roman Catholic church in the world. I love the simplicity of the interior lines of this building. … more
The Old England building in Brussels, Belgium is one of my favourite examples of architecture in the city and I knew it had to become a Forgotten Postcard. The Old England was once a department store but is now home to the fabulous Musical Instrument Museum. The café on the top floor offers a beautiful view of Grand Place … more
The Loire Valley in France is a magical destination for photographers. It is famous for its magnificent castles and chateaus, never-ending vineyards, and beautiful river-side landscapes. You can point your camera just about anywhere and capture a beautiful scene. For garden photographers, the Loire Valley is a paradise. Many of the chateaus have stunning gardens. … more
Last month I spent a week on The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s definitely an interesting town with plenty of visual stimulation. Click on the thumbnails below for the full images with captions.
Barcelona, Spain is one of my favourite cities in Europe. The Modernisme architecture, spear-headed by Antoni Gaudi, is incredible and there is a new and beautiful scene around every corner. Below is a gallery of a few of my favourite images of Barcelona, taken on three separate visits. Click on the thumbnail to view the … more
This past weekend I visited the Castle and gardens at Groot-Bjigaarden (Grand Bigard in French), just outside of Brussels. It was a stunning springtime location and included my two favourite photography subjects – beautiful gardens and beautiful architecture. If you’d like more detail about my trip to the Groot-Bijgaarden, please read my article, Garden Photography … more
This gallery contains a few of my favourite images from the Belgian Royal Greenhouses in Laeken, Belgium. For a closer look and detailed caption of each image, click on the thumbnails below.
My latest Forgotten Postcard comes from a photo that I posted earlier of the Abbey of Notre Dame d’Orval in Wallonia, Belgium. If you like this image please pay a visit to my Forgotten Postcards Gallery for all of the works in this series.
While this looks like a scene straight from Japan, this photo was actually taken here in Belgium. This is the view of the Japanese Tower from the gardens of the Royal Palace in Laeken, Belgium. Léopold II had the tower constructed along with a Chinese pavillion which were inaugurated in 1905. The tower houses a collection … more
The latest image in my Forgotten Postcards series comes from Brussels’ Grand Place. This is the top of the Maison du Roi (House of the king in French). In Dutch it is known as the Broodhuis(or Bread house) because it stands on the spot of the former 13th century bakers’ market. If you like this image … more
I love the architecture of Barcelona, Spain. Everywhere you turn you seen another unusual sight. The colour and movement of the city are endlessly inspiring. Then there is the food… well I won’t get into that today but let’s say you won’t go hungry. The following is a video of some of the highlights of my trip … more
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a new Forgotten Postcard with you. I took the photo for this one from a boat in Valletta harbour on the island of Malta. If you like this image please pay a visit to my Forgotten Postcards Gallery for all of the works in this series.