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Beautiful Belgium - A Photography Book

Beautiful Belgium – A Photography Book

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

Rue de Rollebeek, Sablon, Brussels - Forgotten Postcard

Rue de Rollebeek, Sablon, Brussels – Forgotten Postcard

Although I’ve been very busy lately, updating the new stock and art print galleries, I have still been creating some new work. Today’s Forgotten Postcard is from here in Brussels. This pedestrian street, Rue de Rollebeek, runs from Grand Sablon to Rue Haute in the Marolles and is lined with restaurants. Although the details are … more

Brussels Christmas Market Photo Gallery

Brussels Christmas Market Photo Gallery

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


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

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

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

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


Old England Forgotten Postcard - Brussels, Belgium

Old England Forgotten Postcard – Brussels, Belgium

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

Groot - Bijgaarden Castle and Gardens Photos.

Groot – Bijgaarden Castle and Gardens Photos.

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

Royal Belgian Greenhouse - Laeken, Belgium

Royal Belgian Greenhouse – Laeken, Belgium

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.  


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

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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