I create atmospheric and characterful images (mostly of people), that utilise light skilfully or maximise location. I appreciate photography most when I find technical and conceptual ability used in equal measure to tell the right story, or when I come across some intangible humor that compels you to look again.

Over the last couple of years I worked with a wide range of clients including magazines, music festivals and organisations all over Europe to tell their story. After my Fools With Dreams project, I have returned to Antwerp, Belgium where I continue to explore my craft.

Please contact me if you want to work together in Belgium or anywhere else you want to send me! I already have a small toothpaste and everything.

These are some of my clients,
partners and collaborators.

Vogue
Digital Camera World Magazine
HUF Magazine
Charlie Mag
De Standaard
De Tijd
Brussels Airlines In-Flight Magazine
Weekend Knack
Bored Panda

KBC
Eddy Merckx
City of Antwerp
Gent Jazz Festival
Boomtown Festival
Jazz Middelheim
Mon Ventoux
Kolonel Coffee
I Am Runbox
Elegnano
Jasna Rok

And here is what they say about me.

Maarten is extremely personable, good humoured and most importantly he understood the Spikes brand and what we were looking for. He has photographed our ad campaigns as well as our events, but we wouldn’t hesitate to use Maarten for other projects.

Marc Vanderheyden – Managing Partner Spikes

Festivals are as much about the people attending them as they are about the music. It’s Maarten’s quirky eye for detail that is able to encapsulate both. The light and energy radiating from his pictures have us rediscovering our own festival and our visitors on a daily. He blends in perfectly with the crowd, even befriends them. He’s not afraid to get up close and that’s what makes the photographic results one of a kind.

Gladys Vercammen – Marketing and Communication Manager Gent Jazz Festival

We were looking for a photographer with not only the skills to be able to capture our perfect day, but someone who made us feel at ease, someone who was friendly, enthusiastic, personable and trustworthy. We found all of this and much more in Maarten. The entire experience from start to finish was nothing but fun and we were blown away by the level of dedication and commitment that Maarten displayed by the amount of time he gave us before and after the wedding. I would recommend this man to anyone and everyone as he became a special part of our special day, and the quality of the photographs that he captured are in my opinion ‘unrivalled’.

Claire Gillo

Imagine having a tool that works like a mirror, but instead of showing you the outside it reflects your inside. Your deepest being and emotions. A tool that is always there as a reminder of who you are. That can celebrate all those victories with you and reminds you of your strengths when you need it.

I believe heroes are not created easily, and I choose to create work for individuals who are survivors and facing everyday routines that are not always full of color.

To provide the very real feeling of being important and powerful in order to influence your reality.

WORK MATTERS

I’m often asked why I do art, what do I want to say with my art photography, and what is the use of it?
The answer is simple:

I am a daydreamer, but at the same time I love things that are authentic and deal with our innermost nature. I adore complicated personalities, and real life inspires me to create my images.

What I find so exciting is the ability to make people’s dreams of being someone better a reality. That’s like a drug which pushes me to keep working.

MY STORY

I know this from my own personal experience.

When I had to learn how to survive in real life.

A couple of years I was stuck, working in high profile corporate jobs, doing things that I didn’t believe in. Working long hours but getting no personal fulfillment.

Luckily I was already enjoying photography and made the right decision the fill my house with art. Not only my own, but also from others. Prints and paintings that reflected who I am as a person. So even when I was feeling lost, they always reminded me of my true self.

That helped me a lot.

It motivated me to change my life.

So a couple of years ago, I decided to turn my life around and follow my passion.

Now, as an artist, I am creating different lives for my “clients” (I like to see them more as friends). In order to give them the experience of being empowered and reminded of their true self. I’m dedicated to creating images that make your heart go thump thump.

Because I believe art matters. That it can not only bring colour, joy and beautiful images to our houses, but that it can make our lives better.

WHERE TO GO FROM HERE

As a photographer, I believe in the power of art and real human connections to provide those little moments of joy that make life better.

So I’ve decided to send 1000 people a free handwritten postcard.

Click here to submit your contact details and I will be in touch!

Hi, I’m Maarten!

I’m a fine art/freelance photographer available for assignments in Antwerp (BE), my hometown, or anywhere else you want to send me! I already have a small toothpaste and everything.

Let’s be friends on Facebook & Instagram!

CONTACT:
(For assignments, art prints — or just to say hello!)
hello@maartenmellemans.be
+32 (0) 498 20 18 80

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS:
March – April 2018: Kornél (solo)
May – August 2018: DOKA (solo)

BRAGGING RIGHTS:
My images were already published in/on:
Vogue
Digital Camera World Magazine
HUF Magazine
Charlie Mag
De Standaard
De Tijd
Brussels Airlines In-Flight Magazine
Weekend Knack
Bored Panda

And created for:
Eddy Merckx
City of Antwerp
Gent Jazz Festival
Boomtown Festival
Jazz Middelheim Festival
Mon Ventoux
Elegnano
Jasna Rok