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KU Leuven Library, Belgium | Forgotten Postcard

KU Leuven Library, Belgium | Forgotten Postcard

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted any new work, but I’ve been on the road all summer photographing new locations. Now I’m busy preparing for the next Accessible Art Fair in Brussels this fall and along with launching some brand new work, I’ve been creating some new Forgotten Postcards. This digital art collage … more

Bouchout Castle, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Bouchout Castle, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

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

Palau Nacional, Barcelona, Spain | Forgotten Postcard

Palau Nacional, Barcelona, Spain | Forgotten Postcard

I’ve been itching to create a Forgotten Postcard digital art collage of Barcelona, Spain for quite some time now. Barcelona is one of my favourite cities in the world and I am in love with the colour and audacity of the architecture there. But it was that same over-the-top architecture that held me back. How could I … more


Forgotten Postcards Exhibition

Forgotten Postcards Exhibition

I am very excited to announce the first exhibition of the Forgotten Postcards series. After our success at 3 Accessible Art Fair events, we are now showing at the beautiful Aspria Lifestyle event building in Brussels. I hope you can join us for the vernissage on December 2nd and have a glass of champagne while … more

Announcing Forgotten Postcards - The Book!

Announcing Forgotten Postcards – The Book!

There are two things I’ve been wanting to do with the Forgotten Postcards, for some time now. The first was to create a beautiful portfolio to show to clients and galleries. The second was to publish a book of all of the postcards thus far. Thanks to the advice of a photographer friend here in … more

Bruges, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

Bruges, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

This Forgotten Postcard from Bruges, Belgium is actually several months old. I completed it just before the June Accessible Art Fair. In the hustle before the show I forgot to post it; so here it is. Bruges (Brugge in Dutch) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a very popular tourist destination here in Belgium. … more


Het Steen Castle, Antwerp, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Het Steen Castle, Antwerp, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

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

Ghent, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Ghent, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

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

Atomium, Brussels, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Atomium, Brussels, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

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


Forgotten Postcard Diptych - Sainte Catherine Church - Brussels, Belgium

Forgotten Postcard Diptych – Sainte Catherine Church – Brussels, Belgium

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

Grand Canyon, Arizona - Forgotten Postcard

Grand Canyon, Arizona – Forgotten Postcard

I’m back at my computer after a fantastic month in North America. This summer we traveled from coast to coast. One of the highlights of the vacation, for me, was a stop at the Grand Canyon. Although there is photographic evidence that I visited the Grand Canyon as a small child, I don’t really remember … more

Mont Saint Michel, France - Forgotten Postcard

Mont Saint Michel, France – Forgotten Postcard

If you’ve ever visited Mont Saint Michel, you know the view of this imposing island fortress on a misty morning is unlike any other. Although these days, Mont Saint Michel spends most of its time as a tourist hotspot, I wanted this image to hearken back to the island’s darker and quieter times. I hope you like … more


Manneken Pis, Brussels – Forgotten Postcard

Manneken Pis, Brussels – Forgotten Postcard

Manneken Pis, that little statue of a peeing boy, is an odd but iconic symbol of Brussels, Belgium. Tucked in a corner near Grand Place, Manneken Pis is often surrounded by flocks of tourits who come to see his many costumes. When I took this photo, he wasn’t sporting any special clothes, but he was … more

Sacré-Cœur, Paris - Forgotten Postcard

Sacré-Cœur, Paris – Forgotten Postcard

Paris, France has such an iconic skyline, it’s hard to create a piece of art that is original and does the scene justice. I hope this Forgotten Postcard is a step in that direction. The view is Sacré-Cœur, and Montmartre as seen from the roof of the Pompidou Modern Art Gallery.

Basilica of Koekelberg, Brussels, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Basilica of Koekelberg, Brussels, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

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


Forgotten Postcard Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Forgotten Postcard Amsterdam, The Netherlands

It’s been ages since I added some new work to my Forgotten Postcards series. With the next Brussels Accessible Art Fair quickly approaching in June, I’ve buckled down to work on some new pieces which I post over the next few days. Although a few of my early postcards were from Kinderdijk, in the Netherlands, … more

Forgotten Postcards Overview

Forgotten Postcards Overview

The Forgotten Postcard series combines many of my favourite things: travel, photography, texture, letter writing, architecture, Photoshop and nostalgia. The most common question I receive about the postcards is ‘What are they?’ Some people believe they are looking at paintings, others think they are scanned reproductions. In fact, the basis for all of the Forgotten … more

Lessons from my First Art Fair

Lessons from my First Art Fair

After a whirlwind weekend of meeting people, answering questions and selling my work, things are finally starting to settle down after the Brussels Accessible Art Fair. Overall, my experience selling at my first art fair was very positive, but I did learn a few lessons for my next event.


Orval, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Orval, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

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.

Japanese Tower, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Japanese Tower, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

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

Grand Place, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Grand Place, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

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


Valletta, Malta - Forgotten Postcard

Valletta, Malta – Forgotten Postcard

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.

Parc Cinquantenaire, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Parc Cinquantenaire, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

Parc Cinquantenaire, or Jubelpark in Dutch, is one of Brussels, Belgium’s most famous landmarks. The centrepiece triumphal arch was erected in 1905 and it’s age and grandeur certainly lend itself to the Forgotten Postcard treatment. If you like this image please pay a visit to my Forgotten Postcards Gallery for all of the works in … more

Groot-Bijgaarden Castle, Belgium - Forgotten Postcard

Groot-Bijgaarden Castle, Belgium – Forgotten Postcard

It’s been quite a while since I created a new Forgotten Postcard. I realized (well my husband pointed out) that I hadn’t done a Belgian one yet. So I present the Forgotten Groot-Bijgaarden. The Flemish architecture really seems to lend itself to the aging treatment. This image consists of 12 layers (give or take). If … more

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Alison Cornford-Matheson is a Canadian photographer living and working in Brussels, Belgium. She specialises in garden and travel lifestyle stock photography. In addition, she is a Photoshop professional and produces digital artwork as fine art prints. Alison is available for assignment work and commissions on request.

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