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Cloth Hall - Ypres, Belgium | Forgotten Postcard

Cloth Hall – Ypres, Belgium | Forgotten Postcard

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

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

Kerala Backwaters, India - Forgotten Postcard

Kerala Backwaters, India – Forgotten Postcard

Traditional houseboats called kettuvallams are a big tourist attraction on the Kerala backwaters on the Malabar Coast of India. This scene had the timeless quality I look for when I create my Forgotten Postcards. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below. Visit the Forgotten Postcards Galleries to view and purchase prints. To learn … more


Vouliagmeni, Greece - Forgotten Postcard

Vouliagmeni, Greece – Forgotten Postcard

This Forgotten Postcard from our autumn trip to Vouliagmeni, Greece was actually completed as a client commission. The client was planning a wedding, in the area, and found my original image through a google search. She liked the Forgotten Postcard effect and asked if it would be possible to do something similar with the original Vouliagmeni photo. … more

Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium | Forgotten Postcard

Cathedral of Our Lady, Antwerp, Belgium | Forgotten Postcard

The Cathedral of Our Lady, Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekathedraal in Dutch, is a striking landmark in Antwerp’s city centre. This Roman Catholic Gothic cathedral is on the UNESCO World Heritage sites list for Belgium. I hope my Forgotten Postcard treatment serves it well. If you would like to learn more about the Forgotten Postcards please see the overview. If you are interested … 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


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

Acropolis, Athens, Greece - Forgotten Postcard

Acropolis, Athens, Greece – Forgotten Postcard

The subject of my latest Forgotten Postcard probably comes as no surprise, to those of you who know I’ve just returned from Greece. I was fascinated by the ancient architecture of the Acropolis and how it dominates the city of Athens. But the Acropolis isn’t the only ruin of note in Athens. This photo was … 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

New Brunswick, Canada - Forgotten Postcard

New Brunswick, Canada – Forgotten Postcard

My latest Forgotten Postcard is for those of you who have been asking why I have no digital art work representing Canada. As a Canadian, it’s a valid question. Although we visit home once a year, the vast majority of that time is spent with family and friends and I often set work aside, including … 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 Postcards Available in Three Options

Forgotten Postcards Available in Three Options

While working with clients on a custom Forgotten Postcard of The Sainte Catherine/Sint Katelijne Square and church, I was asked what options I could offer. As with many of my clients, they were worried how the colours of the art would match the decor of their home. As a commercial photographer first and foremost, I’ve never been … 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

Forgotten Postcard, Taj Mahal, Agra, India - Contest Winner Announced

Forgotten Postcard, Taj Mahal, Agra, India – Contest Winner Announced

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


Château de Chenonceau, France - Forgotten Postcard

Château de Chenonceau, France – Forgotten Postcard

The Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley of France is a popular travel destination. This iconic castle sits partly over the Cher River. On still mornings you can see the Château reflected in the river below. For me, Chenonceau had a fairytale feeling that I tried to recreate with this Forgotten Postcard. The square … 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


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

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

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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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